Australia is officially taking its trade scuffle with China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), with China’s major barley tariffs at the forefront of the action.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham confirmed in a press conference today the Federal Government has referred China to the global trade umpire over the tariffs.
“This is the logical and appropriate next step for Australia to take,” Minister Birmingham said.
“Australia has an incredibly strong case to mount in relation to defending the integrity and proprietary of our grain growers and barley producers,” he said. Read more…..
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China has defended its alleged ban on Australian coal as both legal and good for Chinese consumers and companies, accusing Australia of playing the victim as the fraught relationship continues to deteriorate.