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China announced on Thursday to open a procedure at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against anti-dumping measures taken by Australia against its exports of wind turbines and other manufactured products, in a context of Relationships already stretched between the two countries.
This announcement occurs less than a week after a complaint filed with the World Trade Organization by Canberra against tax expenditures imposed By Beijing on Australian wine.
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In addition to taxes on its wind turbines, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce aims at Australian measures against its exports of train wheels and metal sinks, taken respectively in 2019 and 2020, announced its spokesperson, Gao Feng.
"It is a question of defending the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies" and "we hope that Australia will take concrete measures to correct its bad practices," he added by calling for a "return to the normal as quickly as possible ".
The Australian Minister of Commerce, Dan Tehan said Thursday to journalists in Canberra, which Australia was going to "vigorously defend the measures put in place".
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even if Canberra is looking for "a constructive relationship with the Chinese government", these measures were Decided "After a rigorous analysis," he added.
The two countries have been in cold for a year, after calls from Australia to an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus epidemic, which began in China at the end of 2019.
as part of this conflict, Beijing imposed Economic sanctions on a series of Australian products, including customs duties on agricultural products, coal or wines (customs duties up to 218% inflicted in November 2020).
Australia was until then the largest exporter of wines to China.
These measures have almost closed the largest international market for Australian wines, with increased sales of A $ 1.1 billion (US $ 840 million) to 20 small Australian small millions, according to official figures. .
The Australian complaint before the WTO concerning the wines had been filed after the warnings of Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his Government's willingness to respond to all countries trying to make use of "economic coercion" against him.
It also intervened after a summit of the seven most industrialized countries, the G7, the United Kingdom, where Australia advocated for a firmer attitude towards China's business practices.
It was not the first procedure that had already filed a complaint against Beijing with the WTO for customs duties on its barley exports.
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