A Chinese newspaper has confirmed the suspension of a number of Australian imports, including coal and various other commodities. China’s government has used its own media to confirm suspensions on seven types of Australian exports including wine and coal, in a multi-billion-dollar blow. The Global Times — a Communist Party tabloid often used to send signals to other countries — confirmed what it called the ‘import suspension’ in an English-language article. The Japan Times meanwhile reports that China ordered traders to stop purchasing at least seven categories of Australian commodities, ratcheting up tensions with a key trading partner in its most sweeping retaliation yet.