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Australia’s trade minister Simon Birmingham explained that the nation has seen a pattern of disruption in relation to Australian coal.

There are reports from Chinese state media that confirm China is imposing import restrictions on Australian coal and he said that there seems to be no reason not to believe the report.

Iron ore prices continue to lend support to the Aussie, but copper and coal have shown signs of weakness.

AUD/USD will be a focus later in the session:

When are the RBA minutes, China data dump and how might they affect AUD/USD?