22 May 2020
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is concerned coal exporters could face a tougher time selling the commodity into China.
The Chinese government is reportedly warning state-owned power plants not to buy new shipments of Australian thermal coal and instead favour domestic products.
Mr McCormack said Trade Minister Simon Birmingham and diplomats were attempting to fix the issue.
"Of course we're very concerned by it," he told the ABC on Friday.
"But we have a two-way relationship with China. China needs Australia as much as Australia needs China and we want to make sure that whatever we do is in a careful and considered way."