China-Australia relations: dispute leaves 400 seafarers stranded with US$200 million of Australian coal held up



An estimated 400 seafarers and roughly 2 million tons of coal are stuck on ships off the northeast coast of China, as a spiralling diplomatic row with Australia threatens to turn into a humanitarian crisis.At least 21 bulk carriers are anchored off the Port of Jingtang, unable to offload their Australian coal cargo that could be worth around US$200 million, depending on its quality. Fifteen of the ships have been waiting since June, according to an analysis of shipping data conducted by…

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