Concerns are mounting that China's targeting of Australian exports could spread to include the resources sector after Beijing announced changes to inspection protocols for iron-ore shipments. But some have drawn links between the move by China to Australia's early advocacy for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking with Patricia Karvelas on ABC's RN Drive, Ashley Townshend, USSC Director or Foreign Policy and Defense, discussed the issues of Australia, China and economic coercion.