Australia accuses China of going against ‘letter and spirit’ of free-trade deal with appetite for review muted

Australia accuses China of going against ‘letter and spirit’ of free-trade deal with appetite for review muted

Australia has accused China of going against the “letter and spirit” of their bilateral free-trade agreement, a deal that is not expected to be reviewed this month at its five-year review point.

Chinese trade officials are already seen as unlikely to reassess their bilateral free-trade agreement with Australia this month as outlined in the deal, a source familiar with the matter in Beijing told the South China Morning Post.

And on Wednesday, Australian trade minister Simon Birmingham updated the Australian Senate on the trade tensions between the two nations, including the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAfta) as well as possible options at the World Trade Organization.

“The targeted nature of Chinese government measures on Australian goods raises concerns about China’s adherence to the letter and spirit of its ChAfta and WTO obligations,” said Birmingham.