Australia to seek part in China-EU trade row at WTO

29/1/2022 8:38:00 AM

Australia to seek part in China-EU trade row at WTO

China regards the self-governed island of Taiwan as its own territory.Relations between Australia and China, its top trade partner, soured after Canberra banned Huawei Technologies from its 5G broadband network in 2018, toughened laws against foreign political interference, and called for an independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19.

Beijing responded by freezing ministerial contacts andimposing tariffs on several Australian commoditiesincluding coal, beef, barley and wine.Australia has filed two complaints to the WTO in the past 18 months over China's duties on bottled wine imports and on barley imports.

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China's curbs include a refusal to clear Lithuanian goods through Chinese customs, rejection of import applications from Lithuania and pressure on EU firms to remove Lithuanian content from supply chains when exporting to China. China regards the self-governed island of Taiwan as its own territory. Relations between Australia and China, its top trade partner, soured after Canberra banned Huawei Technologies from its 5G broadband network in 2018, toughened laws against foreign political interference, and called for an independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19. Beijing responded by freezing ministerial contacts and imposing tariffs on several Australian commodities including coal, beef, barley and wine. Australia has filed two complaints to the WTO in the past 18 months over China's duties on bottled wine imports and on barley imports. In December, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Australia had been subject to"economic coercion" by China. More On This Topic