China’s former commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, and Australia’s former prime minister, Tony Abbott, formalised the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAfta) in June 2015. Photo: Getty Images China’s former commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, and Australia’s former prime minister, Tony Abbott, formalised the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAfta) in June 2015. Photo: Getty Images
China’s former commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, and Australia’s former prime minister, Tony Abbott, formalised the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAfta) in June 2015. Photo: Getty Images

China-Australia relations

China-Australia relations: both sides point fingers, saying ‘letter and spirit’ of trade agreement not honoured

  • When the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAfta) was signed five years ago, both Canberra and Beijing agreed to review it at least every five years
  • Neither China nor Australia has shown the enthusiasm or willingness to further upgrade their bilateral trade relations, given their worsening trade dispute

Topic |   China-Australia relations
China’s former commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, and Australia’s former prime minister, Tony Abbott, formalised the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAfta) in June 2015. Photo: Getty Images China’s former commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, and Australia’s former prime minister, Tony Abbott, formalised the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAfta) in June 2015. Photo: Getty Images
China’s former commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, and Australia’s former prime minister, Tony Abbott, formalised the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAfta) in June 2015. Photo: Getty Images
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