Australia seeks separate dialogue on China wine dispute

Australia seeks separate dialogue on China wine dispute

Australia’s agriculture minister has stated that the country wants to have a separate discussion with China regarding their wine dispute. This comes as Australia rejects China’s proposal to link the wine issue with other trade matters, as both nations attempt to mend their strained relationship. The removal of tariffs on Australian barley by China last month has raised hopes for a similar easing of wine tariffs, which have greatly impacted Australia’s wine exports.

The deterioration of bilateral relations between Australia and China began in 2020 when Australia called for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. This led to retaliatory measures by Beijing, including trade restrictions that have negatively affected Australia’s export-dependent economy.

China recently suggested a “packaged solution” that would connect the wine dispute with other issues such as duties on Australian imports of Chinese railway wheels, wind towers, and stainless steel sinks. However, Agriculture Minister Murray Watt firmly stated that Australia sees these matters as separate and wants the wine dispute to be resolved through dialogue, similar to how the barley dispute was resolved.

Watt emphasized that Australia will continue to pursue its case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the wine dispute and will also defend its position in the steel dispute. China was previously Australia’s largest wine export market, with exports reaching A$1.2 billion ($770 million) in the 12 months leading up to January 2020. However, due to the impact of the pandemic, wine exports to China have plummeted to A$8.1 million ($5.2 million) in the year ending in June.

In conclusion, Australia seeks a separate dialogue with China to address the wine dispute, rejecting China’s proposal to link it with other trade issues. The country hopes for a resolution through dialogue, similar to the resolution of the barley dispute. Australia will continue to pursue its case at the WTO and defend its position in the steel dispute. The decline in wine exports to China has had a significant impact on Australia’s wine industry.

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