China is using coercive trade policy to cow Australia into political silence, and now it is trying to dragoon Hong Kong to violate its trade principles in the bargain. Behold the tale of Australian lobster.
China imposed an unofficial ban on the Aussie crustacean last November—after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an international investigation into the origin of Covid-19. Australian exports to China collapsed. But then the free market kicked in—via Hong Kong.