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China Accuses Australia of Economic Coercion as Ties Deteriorate

  • Beijing blames Morrison’s government for souring relations
  • Remarks comes after Canberra official warns of ‘drums of war’
Cheng Jingye
Cheng JingyePhotographer: Alex Ellinghausen/The Sydney Morning Herald/Getty Images

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China’s top diplomat in Canberra blamed Australia for deteriorating ties between the nations, accusing it of economic coercion and “provocations” in a wide-ranging speech that painted Beijing as a victim.