The photo dated December 5, 2020 shows the wine made from cherry in the city of Young, Australia. The city of Young is known as the “Cherry Capital of Australia”.
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Australia is considering embroiling the World Trade Organization in an ongoing dispute with China, Trade Minister Dan Tehan told CNBC on Wednesday.
China’s Ministry of Commerce in March announced anti-dumping duties between 116.2% and 218.4% of Australia’s wine imports – measures expected to last five years. Last year it launched an anti-dumping probe against wine imports from Down Under and introduced provisional tariffs.
Separately, China additional temporary tariffs of around 6.3% to 6.4% were imposed in December, according to another study of Australian wine subsidy schemes.
“We have worked very closely with the Australian wine industry to understand the damage caused by China’s actions,” said Tehan, who is also Minister for Tourism and Investment, in CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia”.
“We will be making an announcement in the coming weeks whether we will go to the WTO on wine,” he said.
Tehan reiterated Australia’s call to enter into dialogue with China to resolve outstanding issues – something other Australian officials have repeated in the past.
“I wrote to my Chinese counterpart,” he said, explaining that Canberra wanted a constructive relationship with Beijing. “I have not yet received a reply to this correspondence, but I hope we can sit down and resolve these issues. Dialogue is the best way to solve problems.”
“We’re always looking for other opportunities to pursue, be it through our existing trading partners or by exploring new avenues,” he added.