- China suspends all activity under a China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, its state economic planner says.
- China's foreign ministry spokesman says the suspension is a "necessary and legitimate" response to Australia "abusing" the concept of national security.
- Bilateral ties were strained in 2018 when Australia became the first country to publicly ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G network.
- Last year, Australia demanded an independent investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus, prompting China to retaliate with trade sanctions.
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