The National Development and Reform Commission said the move was prompted by the “Cold War mindset” of some Australian officials and politicians.

“Recently, some Australian Commonwealth Government officials launched a series of measures to disrupt the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia out of Cold War mindset and ideological discrimination,” the commission said in a statement.

Beijing has suspended the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, worth $150 billion in two-way trade. (Getty)

The China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue is a high-level diplomatic mechanism, worth more than $150 billion in two-way trade, the Federal Government said.

Relations between Beijing and Canberra plummeted last year after Australia called for an international inquiry into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and introduced foreign interference legislation.

It triggered trade reprisals from China targeting Australian exports such as coal, barley, timber and seafood.

Souring relations between Canberra and Beijing have continued in recent months.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton has warned that China was militarising ports in the Asia Pacific. (9News)

Last month one of the Federal Government’s top national security officials yesterday warned the “drums of war” are beating.

Home Affairs Department Secretary Mike Pezzullo said Australia must work to reduce the risk of war “but not at the cost of our precious liberty”.

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