China Challenges Australia Anti-Dumping Measures At WTO: Govt

China Challenges Australia Anti-Dumping Measures At WTO: Govt

The suit - regarding Chinese exports of train wheels, wind turbines, and stainless steel sinks - comes a week after Canberra challenged Beijing's crippling tariffs on Australian wine exports.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

It aims to "safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies," Chinese commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng said.

Australia has imposed tariffs on Chinese-built train wheels and wind turbines since 2019. Trade Minister Dan Tehan said that Australia would "vigorously defend the duties that we have put in place."

Beijing has imposed tough economic sanctions on a range of Australian products in recent months, ranging from high tariffs to disruptive practices across several agricultural sectors and tourism.

China in November announced tariffs of up to 218 percent on Australian wines, which it said were being "dumped" into the Chinese market at subsidized prices.

The crackdown virtually closed what had been Australia's biggest overseas wine market, with sales falling from Aus$1.1 billion (US$ 840 million) to just Aus$20 million, according to official figures.

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