China’s Clout Loses Punch as Trading Partners Push Back Over Coronavirus

SYDNEY—For decades Australia tried using to harmony diplomatic fears with China from the worth of their bilateral trade romance. Now, the two international locations are openly sparring over China’s managing of the coronavirus outbreak, in a sign of how Beijing’s attempts to extend its worldwide impact are backfiring even in areas wherever it is an economic lifeline.

The spat commenced when Australian federal government officers commenced trying to find guidance from European leaders in mid-April for an investigation into any missteps early in the crisis…