- Chinese government imposed a brutal and extraordinary 80 per cent tariff on Australian exports from today
- Diplomatic relations between nations deteriorated as Australia called for probe into the spread of coronavirus
- Britain and 100 other countries also demanded inquiry, leading to fears UK could be dragged into trade war
- Chinese president Xi Jinping said today China acted ‘with openness and transparency’ in tackling outbreak
The bitter battle between China and Australia has now exploded onto the world stage, after 100 nations joined Canberra in calling for an inquiry into the spread of coronavirus, including the UK.