Australia sues China at the World Trade Organization for tariffs on its wines – International

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Australia has officially sued China before the World Trade Organization (WTO) over tariffs imposed by Beijing on its wines, the government announced this Saturday (19).

The process was opened after consultation with Australian wine producers, the government said, declaring itself open to direct dialogue with China to resolve the issue.

Australia and China are in a trade conflict. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously warned that his government would respond to all countries that tried to use “economic cohesion” to punish Australian producers.

The measure was announced days after the G7 summit in the United Kingdom, the seven most industrialized countries, where Australia defended a strong crackdown against China’s trade practices.

In recent months, Beijing has imposed economic sanctions on various Australian products, such as tariffs on agricultural products, coal or wine, as well as measures against tourism.

Many voices in Australia believe it is in retaliation against Australia’s rejection of Chinese investments in sectors considered strategic, as well as Australia’s request to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that began in China in late 2019.

Australia has already filed a lawsuit against China at the World Trade Organization over tariffs on barley exports.

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About the author: Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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