Chinese embassy says claims it is blocking Australian imports are ‘unfounded’ as trade stoush continues

China has dismissed Australia’s latest concerns over its treatment of Australian exports, saying it has always met its obligations under the two countries’ free trade agreement known as situs slot online ChAFTA.

In a statement, the embassy said the “so-called concerns about China’s adherence to ChAFTA are totally unfounded”.

On Wednesday, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham once again raised concerns about tariffs placed on Australian wine and barley exports, saying they were inconsistent with the “spirit” of ChAFTA and the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) rules.

“The Australian Government is considering all dispute settlement options in order to support our exporters,” he said, but has not yet taken the issue to the WTO.

The embassy said it “has actively fulfilled” its obligations under ChAFTA.

“Import tariffs from Australia has been lowered for six consecutive years since 2015,” it said.

“At present, about 95 per cent of imported goods from Australia enjoy zero tariffs.

“In contrast, more than 10 Chinese investment projects have been rejected by the Australian Government under the pretext of ambiguous national security or national interests since 2018.”

It said that since 2016, Australia had launched 25 of its own anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into Chinese products.