Tehan asks WTO to rap China on wine
Australia is still considering whether to take its complaint about China imposing huge tariffs on its wine exports to the World Trade Organization.
Australia has previously complained to the WTO about China’s blockade of barley, one of many commodities that has become entangled in the growing divide between countries.
Trade Minister Dan Tehan said the government was having detailed discussions with the wine industry over China’s position, which has virtually wiped out exports.
“We have always said that we would take a very reasoned approach to resolving these trade disputes, and if we believe our industry has been harmed or harmed, we will take whatever steps and measures necessary to try to resolve this issue,” Mr. Tehan ABC’s Insiders program said on Sunday.
Asked how Beijing might respond to such actions is one such consideration, Tehan said China and all other countries are using the WTO dispute settlement mechanism.
“It’s a normal way to settle these disputes,” he said.
“So what we want to do is make sure that we have a very strong legal case to be able to bring to the World Trade Organization, because obviously if you take a case you want to do your best to try. to earn it. “