Colin Packham

China appeals to WTO over Australian duties on three products

5:35am EDT

BEIJING/CANBERRA China has made a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Australia's anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on three products, its commerce ministry said on Thursday.

China is gripped by insecurity, Australia's most senior diplomat says

Jun 23 2021

CANBERRA (Reuters) -China is insecure and defensive and this means it perceives threats where there are none, Australia's most senior diplomat said on Wednesday, a characterisation Beijing dismissed as "wholly untrue". | Video

UN irks Australia by recommending that Great Barrier Reef be listed 'in danger'

Jun 22 2021

CANBERRA (Reuters) -The Great Barrier Reef should be added to a list of World Heritage Sites that are "in danger", a United Nations panel said on Tuesday, drawing an angry response from Australia, which called the recommendation politically motivated. | Video

Australia's new deputy PM casts shadow over 2050 net zero emissions ambition

Jun 21 2021

CANBERRA (Reuters) -A climate change sceptic will be Australia's new deputy prime minister after a leadership revolt in the coalition government's minor party, making it harder for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to achieve a commitment of zero net emissions by 2050.

GRAINS-Soybeans set for biggest weekly loss in nearly 7 years

Jun 17 2021

CANBERRA, June 18 U.S. soybean futures were on course to post their biggest weekly loss in nearly seven years, weighed down by forecasts for crop-friendly weather and cooler temperatures in the Midwest crop belt, despite a 3% jump earlier in the day.

Australia temporarily releases Sri Lankan asylum seeker family after two years island detention

Jun 16 2021

CANBERRA Australia will allow a Sri Lankan asylum seeker family detained on Christmas Island since 2019 to live in community detention on the mainland after public anger over their separation when the youngest child became sick and was flown to a major hospital. | Video

Australia minimum wage to rise 2.5% as economy rebounds from COVID-19

Jun 16 2021

CANBERRA Australia's minimum wage will rise by 2.5% for the financial year starting in July, a faster pace than this year, which the country's independent wage-setting body said reflected its strong economic recovery from the coronavirus-induced recession.

UK and Australia agree 'comprehensive and ambitious' free trade deal

Jun 15 2021

CANBERRA/LONDON Britain and Australia announced a free trade deal on Tuesday which the British government hailed as an important step in building new trade relationships following its departure from the European Union. | Video

RPT-UPDATE 3-Britain and Australia announce free trade deal, Johnson hails 'new dawn'

Jun 15 2021

* UK PM Johnson hails "new dawn" in Anglo-Australian relations

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Australia says trade deal with Britain agreed

Jun 15 2021

CANBERRA, June 15 Britain and Australia have agreed a trade deal after talks between their prime ministers ironed out outstanding issues, Australia's Minister for Trade Dan Tehan said on Tuesday. Britain had made securing a trade deal with Australia a priority for its post-Brexit strategy as it seeks to build stronger commercial and diplomatic links in the Indo-Pacific region, but negotiations have dragged on for months.

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