Sydney Herald: “Devastating blow”: Trade Minister lashes out at China’s wine tariff hit
Sat November, 2020, Age: 2 years
China’s trade dispute with Australia has entered perilous new territory after Beijing slapped tariffs of up to 200 per cent on Australian wine and the Morrison government accused China of breaching its free trade agreements under the WTO and the recently signed RCEP. The Chinese-Australian diplomatic row, which was touched off earlier this year by the Australian government’s calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19, threatens to impact potentially $20 billion worth of exports across a variety of industries. Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said that China’s decision to place steep tariffs on Australian wines would be a “devastating blow” to the industry, rendering businesses unviable.