China began imposing restrictions on Australian products in April, when Canberra drew the ire of Beijing for calling for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus. Photo: EPA-EFE China began imposing restrictions on Australian products in April, when Canberra drew the ire of Beijing for calling for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus. Photo: EPA-EFE
China began imposing restrictions on Australian products in April, when Canberra drew the ire of Beijing for calling for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus. Photo: EPA-EFE

China-Australia trade deal does not oblige either country to continue buying goods, lawyers say

  • China and Australia are not obliged to trade with each other under World Trade Organization rules or their free-trade agreement, trade lawyers say
  • Canberra accuses China of breaching the letter and spirit of the free-trade deal, while Beijing has taken issue with Australia’s rejection of investments

Topic |   World Trade Organization (WTO)
China began imposing restrictions on Australian products in April, when Canberra drew the ire of Beijing for calling for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus. Photo: EPA-EFE China began imposing restrictions on Australian products in April, when Canberra drew the ire of Beijing for calling for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus. Photo: EPA-EFE
China began imposing restrictions on Australian products in April, when Canberra drew the ire of Beijing for calling for an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus. Photo: EPA-EFE
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