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Mr Morrison, speaking at a press conference with trade minister Simon Birmingham, responded to the Global Times report yesterday.

Mr Morrison said he wants clarification from Beijing over the reports, but added: “We see these reports and obviously are again deeply troubled by them.

“They, if true, would indicate discriminatory trade practices being deployed by Chinese authorities and we would urge them to rule that out swiftly, and demonstrate that they are continuing to operate in a manner consistent with the type of market principles they committed to as part of their membership of the World Trade Organisation and through their free trade agreement.”

The Prime Minister then rebuffed accusations Australia’s Government was souring relations with Beijing, saying it was right to stand up for its sovereignty.

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