Some of the outages were so severe that Chinese citizens had to live without traffic lights and phone reception in some areas. But even though more than two-thirds of China’s electricity comes from coal-fired plants, the nation refused to buy any Australian coal. Last year, China imposed a number of bans on Australian products including iron ore, wine, beef, barley and even lobsters to create “economic pain” after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an investigations into the origins of Covid-19.
The coal ban was imposed last November, wiping $1 billion off our economy. But in China’s latest customs report, it revealed that last month it imported 2.78 million tonnes of Australian coal in what could be a relaxation of its ban and a major backflip on its part.