Australian cotton farmers who suffered due to the China-Australia trade spat are being hopeful with new customers in sight. Australia’s cotton industry has diversified since China stopped buying. Cotton growers, who are expected to receive high returns for their produce this year, are making some inroads into Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Australian growers and shippers claim Chinese spinning mills were told last October to stop buying Australia-grown cotton, and the billion-dollar a year trade essentially stopped.