Australia Threatens WTO Action Against China as Trade Row Intensifies

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Australia Threatens WTO Action Against China as Trade Row Intensifies
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SYDNEY—Australia is preparing to take action against China at the World Trade Organization over tariffs on barley imports, the latest salvo in a trade dispute that has disrupted the supply of commodities from coal to wine.

China in May placed tariffs of 80.5% on Australian barley—commonly used for beer brewing—saying it was being sold at unfairly low prices with the help of subsidies. Australia rejected that finding and directly appealed to Chinese authorities to reverse the duties, but was rebuffed.

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