Australia to petition trade watchdog over wine tariff dispute with China

Australia Saturday said it would file a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the wine tariff dispute with China, stepping up the trade and diplomatic tensions with Beijing.

Trade Minister Dan Tehan said his country would defend the interests of its wine industry that has “had a serious impact” due to the tariff increases by the Chinese government.

“We stand ready to sit down with the Chinese government to work out the dispute with them,” Tehan said in a video posted by national broadcaster ABC on its website.

“While we are not in a position to do so, we will use every other mechanism to try and resolve this dispute and other disputes that we have with the Chinese government.” Read More.

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