China-Australia relations: WTO trade disputes rehash old question of whether China is a ‘market economy’



Su-Lin Tan | SCMP

China’s long-demanded recognition as a market economy has resurfaced in Beijing’s complaints to the World Trade Organization about anti-dumping duties that Canberra has imposed on Chinese wind towers, railway wheels and kitchen sinks, according to officially lodged documents.

China and Australia both filed complaints at the WTO just one day apart this week, over mutual anti-dumping duties imposed on each other’s products, as the two nations continue their back-and-forth bilateral battle. In its complaint lodged on Tuesday, Beijing said Canberra had wrongly determined that China’s market conditions were “distorted” and that Canberra did not use the correct financial data in determining that China’s exports had been dumped in the Australian market.

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