Australia says China suspension of beef imports not tied to call for coronavirus inquiryChristian Fernsby ▼ | May 13, 2020
China decision to ban imports from four of Australia's largest beef processors was not a response to Canberra's call for independent inquiry into the origins of coronavirus, Australia's Minister for Trade Simon Birmingham said on Tuesday.
Minister Simon Birmingham
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The suspension of the beef shipments came as ties between Australia and China publicly soured, although Birmingham said he did not believe it was retribution by China over the call for an inquiry into the orgins of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. ■