Scott Morrison Holds Talks With Jacinda Ardern As Australia Welcomes New Zealand's Support On China Dispute

Scott Morrison Holds Talks With Jacinda Ardern As Australia Welcomes New Zealand's Support On China Dispute

Australia has welcomed New Zealand's decision to support its trade dispute with China over barley tariffs, ahead of formal talks between Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • They emphasized the close relationship between the two countries, pointing to the trans-Tasman travel bubble as an example of cooperation and shared achievement in response to COVID-19.
  • But with China expected to be in focus during today's bilateral meeting, New Zealand's Trade Minister said that his country would participate in Australia's World Trade Organisation row with China as a "third party."
  • China last year imposed an 80 percent tariff on Australian barley, claiming farmers had dumped the grain in China for cheaper than it cost to produce — an accusation Australia denies.
  • It is also likely the leaders will discuss Australia's policy of deporting New Zealanders convicted of serious crimes, regardless of whether they have a strong connection to their birth country. Ms. Ardern has previously described it as being "corrosive" to the relationship.

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