Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, said on Wednesday that the World Trade Organization should penalize “bad behavior when it occurs,” ahead of a Group of Seven leaders’ meeting in UK where he hopes to gather support in a trade dispute with China.
China has ended imports of Australian barley in May 2020 by putting tariffs of more than 80 percent after accusing Australia of breaching WTO rules by subsidizing barley production and selling it in China at below production cost.
The Australian government announced in December it would ask the WTO to intervene in its dispute with China over barley and expects other nations to be involved in the case.
China’s trade of Australian seafood, wood, beef, wine, and coal has also been disrupted since Australia angered China by requesting an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prime Minister said his country would be “working with others to buttress the role of the World Trade Organization and to modernize its rulebook where necessary.”