Australian minister heads to China seeking ‘unimpeded’ trade


Australia’s trade minister flew to Beijing on Thursday to discuss the removal of Chinese import barriers.

Trade Minister Don Farrell said he aimed to secure unrestricted commerce with China, Australia’s largest trade partner with a healthy appetite for iron ore and coal resources. “During my visit, I will be advocating strongly for the full resumption of unimpeded Australian exports to China — for all sectors,” he said in a statement on the eve of Friday’s meeting. Farrell, who is to meet with China’s commerce minister, Wang Wentao, said fully reopening trade would benefit both countries.

The meeting represents a “significant breakthrough” in rebuilding the relationship.— AFP