Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2020/12/16

Bloomberg: Australia's trade minister Simon Birmingham said on Wednesday that Australia will challenge China at WTO over Beijing’s decision to impose tariffs on Australian barley. The minister also didn't rule out the possibility of raising further WTO challenges, including over wine. What's the foreign ministry’s comment on this? On what grounds will China fight this WTO action?And does China expect to win against this WTO action?

Wang Wenbin: My colleagues and I have stated China’s principled position repeatedly on individual trade cases between China and Australia. I refer you to the competent department for more specifics. I would like to stress that the Australian government should address China’s concerns seriously and take concrete actions to rectify discriminatory practices targeting Chinese companies.

 

FSN: This is a follow-up on the question about Australia just a moment ago. You were asked for your response on Australia's decision to dispute tariffs on barley within the WTO. This is a new development. You mentioned that you wanted Australia to address China's concerns. Does that mean that the measures that have been taken against various Australian products are in retaliation to these concerns that China has?

Wang Wenbin: I believe I already covered that in my answer. I would like to reiterate that we’ve stated our position on individual cases in the trade sector between China and Australia. As to Australia’s plan to challenge China on its barley export at WTO, I refer you to the competent authority. As we’ve said many times, Australia’s discriminatory measures targeting Chinese companies are not in line with market principles and the spirit of the China-Australia FTA. We hope the Australian side will address China’s concerns seriously and take concrete actions to rectify its mistakes.

 

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