China cuts Australian beef imports after warning against COVID-19 probe.

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Description: SYDNEY: China suspended imports from four major Australian beef suppliers on Tuesday (May 12), just weeks after Beijing's ambassador warned of a consumer boycott in retaliation for Canberra's push to probe the origins of the coronavirus.

Analysts said the move raised concerns of a possible standoff between Australia and its most important trading partner that could spill over into other crucial sectors as it struggles to navigate the disease-induced economic crisis.

Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said shipments of meat from the abattoirs had been suspended over "minor technical" breaches related to Chinese health and labelling certificate requirements.
Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-cut-australian-beef-import-against-covid-19-probe-12724180