Australia seeks to participate in European WTO action against China


Australia has expressed its desire to participate in a formal complaint filed by the European Union (EU) over the use of compulsory trade tactics directed at opposition to the Chinese Communist Party administration.

The EU announced on January 27 as a result of Beijing’s informal economic sanctions on Lithuania after allowing European countries to open a de facto embassy under the name “Taiwan” instead of “Taiwan.” I have filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). .. “

This is a direct challenge to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “One China” policy, Taiwan is part of mainland China, and only the United Nations and the Vatican’s 13 member states recognize it as an independent state. Claims. Australia is not one of them.

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Name plaque of Taiwan Representative Office in Vilnius, Lithuania, November 18, 2021. (Petras Malukas / AFP via Getty Images)

Federal Trade Minister Dan Tehan said Australia strongly opposed the CCP’s aggressive tactics aimed at economically damaging the state.

“Australia opposes the use of economic coercion and discriminatory and restrictive trade practices that undermine the rule-based international trading system and cause economic harm,” Tehan said. Said..

This was after Beijing launched its own trade war on Australian commodities (coal, wine, barley, beef, lobster, wood, cotton, etc.) and Australia independently investigated the origin of the CCP virus. This is the response that was triggered after asking for.

Meanwhile, China has self-declared its status as a developing country and is therefore given preferential treatment in world trade under the WTO.

“We are committed to supporting and supporting the WTO-centric multilateral trading system,” Taehan said. “The WTO Dispute Resolution System is designed to help Member States respect and resolve their differences.”

“Australia is very interested in the issues raised in the dispute raised by the European Union against China regarding the discriminatory trade practices imposed on Lithuania and will invite them to participate in these consultations.”

For Lithuania, the incident that caused anger from Beijing was the last straw in a series of actions that confused the communist government. This includes Lithuanian decisions to condemn the CCP for mass detention of Uighurs, and Huawei will supply 5G networks nationwide.

As a result, the Chinese government has accused European countries of import and export bans and at the same time pressured companies that did business with Lithuania to stop. Otherwise you lost your deal with China.

Beijing then blocked goods from Germany, France and Sweden, including parts manufactured in Lithuania.

The EU has submitted a request to meet with a Chinese representative in Geneva after collecting what it considers to be sufficient evidence from the affected Lisania companies.

“These actions appear to be discriminatory and illegal under WTO regulations, but they also cover products containing Lithuanian content exported from other EU countries, so Lithuania and elsewhere in the EU. Both are harming exporters, “the EU said in a statement.

However, China’s diplomatic spokesman Zhao Lijian demanded that the EU not be involved.

“Also, the politics of Lithuania to distinguish between good and bad, to be wary of attempts by Lithuania to take over relations between China and the EU, and to establish diplomatic relations with China, like other EU member states. I advise you to persuade them to fulfill their commitments. ” Zhao.

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Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, will ask questions at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Greg Baker / AFP via Getty Images)

“We urge Lithuania to correct the mistake immediately,” he added.

Zhao had previously expressed similar feelings after admitting that the trade war with Australia was based on ideological differences.

“We do not allow countries to profit from doing business with China, while blaming and desecrating China unfoundedly and undermining China’s core interests on an idealistic basis,” Zhao said.

The call for an Australian investigation into the origin of the CCP virus was also the last straw in a series of actions that angered Beijing and prompted economic retaliation. Since then, Australia has largely recovered.

Australia has previously spoken against China’s claim of sovereignty in the South China Sea. It also abandoned the Belt and Road Initiative arrangement between Victoria and Beijing, while banning Huawei from domestic 5G networks due to concerns about espionage.

Daniel Kumerev

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Daniel Khmelev is a Perth-based Australian reporter working on energy, technology and politics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics and computer science. Contact him at [email protected]