In the midst of the COVID pandemic, China lashes out at Australia and other G7 nations for “creating conflicts.”
China has slammed Australia and other G-7 countries for “provoking problems” during the COVID-19 outbreak, ahead of a G-7 leaders’ conference starting Friday in the United Kingdom.
According to the Associated Press, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend the conference in order to seek support for his country’s trade conflict with China. During a speech on Wednesday, Morrison stated that his country would be “working with others to bolster the function of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to modernize its rulebook where necessary.”
Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, slammed Australia and the G-7 nations, saying they “should do more to promote international cooperation in fighting the epidemic, advance world economic recovery, and help developing countries accelerate their development, rather than causing conflicts and divisions in the international community.”
As the Australian government announced in December that it will ask the WTO to intervene in its trade dispute with China, Morrison said the WTO should penalize “bad behavior when it occurs.” The G-7 countries are the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan.
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“I’ve taken great encouragement from the support demonstrated for Australia’s capacity to endure economic pressure in recent times in my meetings with many leaders,” Morrison said in a speech in Perth, Australia’s west coast capital, before leaving for the G-7 conference in Cornwall.
The Australian government has stated that it would petition the World Trade Organization (WTO) to intervene in its barley dispute with China, and that it expects additional countries to join the lawsuit.
China effectively terminated Australian barley imports in May 2020 by imposing duties of more than 80% on the grain, accusing Australia of breaking WTO regulations by subsidizing barley production and selling it in China at a lower price than it costs to produce.
Since Australia enraged China by asking an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak, trade in Australian seafood, wood, meat, wine, and coal has been hampered.
As it struggles to establish a long-awaited world trade accord, the Geneva-based WTO, which develops rules controlling international commerce, is facing calls for reorganization and reform.
“A well-functioning WTO that establishes clear standards, arbitrates disputes objectively, and punishes bad actors efficiently.” This is a condensed version of the information.