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Africa Benefitting From China’s Determination to Move Away From Australian Commodity Suppliers

File image of an Australian iron ore mine. Australia's mining exports may become the next targets in the country's worsening trade dispute with China. AMY COOPES / AFP FILES / AFP

China appears willing to pay higher financial and environmental costs if it means ending its dependence on Australian commodities including iron ore and coal. China has been steadily diversifying its sourcing of key commodities that it once depended on Australia to provide, even if new suppliers in places like South Africa and Guinea don’t offer the same benefits. 

China-Australia ties have deteriorated considerably over the past year due to a number of factors including Huawei, China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, and Canberra’s call for an independent investigation into the origin of COVID-19.  

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