Liberals’ China trade demands too simplistic: RichardMarles


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“The unfair detention, the lack of transparency in relation to those detained Australians, is completely unacceptable, and we should continue to seize every opportunity to prosecute that case,” he said. China has hit Australia with $20 billion in coercive trade bans in recent years. Last week, it lifted the ban on timber imports, worth about $1.6 billion, while barley, wine, seafood, cotton and metal remain proscribed. But Mr Marles said the government was “not about to put conditionality on a visit of that kind” and a prime ministerial visit would be an important part of “stabilising” the fractured relationship. “China...