Australia Cannot Walk Away From its Free Trade Agreement with China, Labor says



Daniel Hurst | The Guardian

Australia cannot walk away from its free trade agreement with China as it tries to repair the “broken” relationship, the shadow trade minister has declared, while accusing the Coalition government of failing to build deep ties on the ground.

Labor’s trade spokeswoman, Madeleine King, also strongly backed the Morrison government’s plan to take China to the World Trade Organization over barley tariffs – a step that trade experts have warned could take up to three years to resolve.

In an interview with Guardian Australia the opposition frontbencher laid down some markers for how Australia should deal with the worsening tensions in the relationship with its biggest trading partner, noting that while diversifying into other markets is important, it cannot happen overnight.

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