The federal government is boosting the ranks of Australia's diplomatic corps and beefing up efforts to push back against economic coercion, in another sign it is preparing for China's government to resume its campaign of trade punishment
China has already hit several Australian exports with formal and informal trade barriers in a wide-ranging campaign of economic punishment.
Australia has already taken China to the WTO over crippling barley tariffs, accusing Beijing of undermining a free trade agreement signed by both countries.
There are fears that the campaign may now be resuming after a pause of several months, with Australian grape growers last week warning that inexplicable delays at Chinese customs could cripple them.
The Australian government said it would work with domestic businesses to ensure exporters have access to the widest possible range of opportunities to expand and diversify their markets.
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