Australia’s biggest trade partner — has threatened economic blowback since Canberra called for an inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic, and has already suspended beef imports and launched a probe into the alleged dumping of Australian wines. The AFP reports that on Thursday, the foreign ministry confirmed customs officials had suspended imports of timber from the Australian state of Victoria from yesterday to prevent the risks of plant disease. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press briefing Thursday that it was a legal not political decision however, he went on to suggest that Australia’s outspoken stance on Chinese human rights issues was the root cause of current trade tensions.