China’s economic offensive against Australia is partly designed to warn countries against vocally opposing Beijing’s interests, particularly with Joe Biden looking to unite US allies. Yet it is already showing signs of backfiring.

China last week imposed antidumping duties of up to 212% on Australian wine, the latest in a slew of measures curbing imports from coal to copper to barley. Tensions escalated further on Monday after a Chinese foreign ministry official tweeted a fake photo of an Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child...

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