Tehan will outline some ideas for re-engaging with China at his first press conference this week. The business community will be watching closely.
China's dumping stoush with Australia isn't just about barley. But it is about trade and unfinished business in global trade rules.
Talks about creating a trans-Tasman bubble have focused on kick-starting short-term economic activity through tourism. But Australia and NZ could also increase manufacturing and trade integration.
China cutting coal imports from Australia by 25% would equate to every Australian having $24 less to spend a year.
The standoff over Australian coal imports through Dalian sends a powerful political message: that Beijing can turn imports off and on at will.