Australia takes wine dispute with China to World Trade Organization



South China Morning Post

The Australian government said on Saturday it was lodging a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization over China’s imposition of anti-dumping duties on Australian wine exports, escalating further the trade stand-off with Beijing.

“The government will continue to vigorously defend the interests of Australian winemakers using the established system in the WTO to resolve our differences,” Dan Tehan, minister for trade, tourism and investment, said in a joint press release with Agriculture Minister David Littleproud.

Relations with China, already rocky after Australia banned Huawei Technologies Co. from its nascent 5G broadband networking in 2018, have worsened since Canberra called for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, first reported in central China last year.
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