Supports Australia’s WTO Barley Conflict with New Zealand and China

New Zealand’s Trade Minister Damien O’Connor has suggested that the Ardern administration will participate in Australia’s conflict with China at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Assistance from New Zealand (NZ) took place the night before Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the country, with high-level talks on a variety of issues, including a non-quarantine travel zone between the two countries and renegotiations with the Pacific Ocean. It was done. COVID-19, and China.

“New Zealand is participating in the dispute as a third party to raise key system issues for the effective functioning of the rules-based multilateral trading system,” O’Connor told local media. It was.

“New Zealand is not required to participate as a third party,” he added. “But we have been a third party in more than 60 WTO proceedings since 1995.

More explicit support from NZ is the result of growing criticism of the Jacinda Ardern administration’s approach to China.

In contrast, Australia, just across the Tasman Sea, has been involved in a year-long trade dispute with China and has been criticized by US and British officials for Beijing.

The Chinese government has launched an economic coercion campaign against Australia after Foreign Minister Maris Payne called for an independent investigation into the origin of the Chinese Communist Party virus, more commonly known as the Coronavirus.

The Chinese government then imposed tariffs and stopped exporting coal, beef, wine, barley, lobster, timber, lamb and cotton to Australia.

Tariffs on barley impose a cost of about 80% on importers and are being resolved by the WTO.

Russia and Canada have already participated in the action because of their interest in how the ruling will affect the global barley market.

Jeffrey Wilson, head of research at the Perth Americasia Center, said participation in New Zealand’s actions was not an “empty gesture” and could influence the final decision.

“The involvement of NZ could significantly change the outcome, as the submission of’third parties’ is taken into account at the WTO’s discretion. Will the United States, Japan and the EU also participate?” I wrote on Twitter..

Beijing has imposed tariffs, claiming that Australian companies are “dumping” excess barley products into the Chinese market.

Australia disputed the claim and in its WTO submission (pdf), Raised more than 30 different questions about how Chinese authorities handled anti-dumping investigations and tariff enforcement.

“China misdefined the product under consideration and misdefined a similar product,” the submission states.

“China launched an investigation without sufficient evidence, China could not investigate or review the accuracy and validity of the evidence provided in the application, and China rejected the application because of insufficient evidence. Or did not stop the investigation promptly … “

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