It might simply be because of all of Australia's anti-dumping actions against China, or it might be an attempt to make Australia more malleable.
South Africa should use its remaining AGOA window to find other export markets and retool its economy - as US economic attitude towards Africa hardens.
China's dumping stoush with Australia isn't just about barley. But it is about trade and unfinished business in global trade rules.
Australia has far more anti-dumping measures in place against China than any other country, and it is not likely to give them up.
China's threat of punitive tariffs against Australian barley isn't new.
China's so-called anti-dumping action against Australia is really an action against Australia's overuse of anti-dumping provisions. Barley producers are caught in the crossfire.
Bill Shorten has proposed tripling penalties for dumping cheap overseas products like steel into the Australian market. But this proposal suggests a failure to understand dumping and its regulation.
A trade dispute between Australia and Indonesia shines a spotlight on Australia's controversial 'anti-dumping' practices at the World Trade Organisation.
South Africa's central bank should urgently insulate the rand from further financial chaos by imposing tighter exchange controls.
Governments have been known to change the definition of anti-dumping tariffs to suit their needs, so accusations of steel dumping from China are still quite subjective.
The Australian government is using anti-dumping laws are a tool for protecting industries which aren't competitive, at a cost to consumers.
The Productivity Commission's take-no-prisoners report on our anti-dumping regime was met with an odd silence.