Beijing sues Australia at WTO over tariffs over strained ties
China has sued Australia for anti-dumping measures on certain Chinese products, further exacerbating tensions between the two countries.
China has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over Australia’s anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on Chinese exports of railway wheels, wind turbines and stainless steel sinks, the ministry said Thursday. of Commerce in Beijing. It would be the third recent WTO case between the two countries, after Australia sued China’s wine and barley tariffs.
Relations between the parties have steadily deteriorated since 2018, when Australia banned Huawei Technologies Co. from building its 5G network, and went into free fall last year as Prime Minister Scott Morrison led calls for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Beijing responded with tariffs and restrictions on imports of coal, barley, lobster and wine.
China opposes countries abusing trade remedy measures that undermine the legitimate rights of Chinese companies and undermine the authority of WTO rules, the ministry spokesperson told reporters on Thursday. Trade Gao Feng.
China hopes Australia can avoid distorting trade in goods and bring it back to normal as soon as possible, he said.
Australia “will vigorously defend” the case, Trade Minister Dan Tehan told reporters after the announcement.