China Lodges Complaint with WTO against Australia for Rail Wheels
ABC reported that China has lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organization, accusing Australia of anti-competitive behaviour against its exports of railway wheels, stainless-steel sinks and wind towers. Australia’s Trade Minister Mr Dan Tehan said "Obviously China has the right to take this action, but we will vigorously defend the duties that we have put in place.”
Mr Tehan added “Only the Chinese government could answer whether it was retaliation but the normal diplomatic convention of providing advance notice had not been followed. We say all the time that we want to sit down and work through these disputes. There may be things we can’t agree to, but the best thing is dialogue.”
Australia’s Finance Minister Mr Simon Birmingham is confident Australia’s anti-dumping regime will stand up in the case which could take between two to four years. He told ABC radio “I’d call it more petty than provocative, to be honest. We don’t think China will find it has any sort of strong case in the action it is taking.”
Two of the measures which were put in place were put in place in 2014 and 2015, with regards to wind towers and stainless-steel sinks. The other measure was put in place in 2019, and that was the railway wheels
The move came after Australia complained to the WTO about punitive wine tariffs which have smashed Australian producers and exports.