China-Australia Trade War – level 3
In 2018, Australia banned the Chinese company Huawei from supplying equipment for the 5G mobile network. Australia said that the reason had been national security risks, which was criticized by Huawei as being politically motivated.
China continues to put pressure on Australia because of Australia’s refusal to install Huawei’s 5G network. Last month, Huawei said that it would end its sponsorship of an Australian rugby league club, and relations between Australia and China have tightened this year after Australia called for independent international investigation into the source of the coronavirus pandemic.
China was angered by the move and the country blocked imports of several Australian products, for example beef, wine, barley, and lobster. However, China is careful not to disrupt supplies of iron ore which the country desperately needs for its steel industry.
Difficult words: politically motivated (carried out in the interests of a government or political party), barley (a grain that is used to make food, beer, and whiskey), disrupt (to interrupt), iron ore (a rock or mineral from which iron is extracted or removed).
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