In an interview, the Chinese Ambassador denounced Australia’s call for an independent inquiry. He indicated that anti-Australian sentiment could affect consumer products, such as education, wine and beef. The Foreign Minister responded by warning China against engaging in economic coercion.

Further reading:
    1. Transcript of Chinese Ambassador CHENG Jingye’s interview with Australian Financial Review political correspondent Andrew Tillett
    2. An all-out trade war with China would cost Australia 6% of GDP
    3. Australia, all is not lost despite China’s trade tantrums