Australia takes China to WTO as trade war deepens

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Australia urges the World Trade Organization to probe China's 80% surcharge on Australian barley shipments, saying it is 'not underpinned by facts and evidence.'

Australia called on Wednesday, December 16, for the World Trade Organization to investigate Chinese tariffs on barley imports, turning to an"independent umpire" to adjudicate one of several bitter politically tinged disputes between the two nations.

"We now believe that calling in the independent umpire is the most appropriate course of action to resolve this dispute," he added, admitting the process of arbitration and appeals could take years. Many in Canberra believe the sanctions are punishment for Australia pushing back against Bejing's influence, rejecting Chinese investment in sensitive areas, and publicly calling for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.


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