China suspends key economic dialogue with Australia, ‘indefinitely’

China has “indefinitely” suspended key economic dialogue with Australia, the latest in a growing diplomatic rift between both countries.

Relations have been on the decline since Australia called for a probe into the origins of the virus and banned Huawei from building its 5G network.

Reacting to the decision, Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan said it was “disappointing” but added that Canberra was still open to discussions.

The move appears to the be the latest in a string of tit-for-tat measures between both countries.

China is Australia’s biggest trading partner, accounting for 29 per cent of Australia’s trade with the world in 2019, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.