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China-Australia relations: lobster traders look closer to home to offset Beijing’s ban

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]Even in the scorching Australian summer sun, long queues of customers snake around Fremantle harbour – a soothing sight for beleaguered local fishermen trying to replace lost business with China.Australia’s rock lobster exports are worth half a billion US dollars a year – and in normal times, 94 per cent of them go to China.But all that changed a few weeks ago, when Beijing imposed a near-total import ban on lobster, part of a broader politically charged “shadow trade war”.“It has affected us…

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Even in the scorching Australian summer sun, long queues of customers snake around Fremantle harbour – a soothing sight for beleaguered local fishermen trying to replace lost business with China.Australia’s rock lobster exports are worth half a billion US dollars a year – and in normal times, 94 per cent of them go to China.But all that changed a few weeks ago, when Beijing imposed a near-total import ban on lobster, part of a broader politically charged “shadow trade war”.“It has affected us…

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