There are fears that China has cut off imports of Australian wine as the trade war intensifies. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said in an article titled ABC 16 that industry groups said no Australian company had reported successful customs clearance for wine exports to China in two weeks.
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We know that there is no official confirmation (of a wine import) ban in China at this time," said Tony Batiglin, president of the Australian Grape and Wine Association, according to the report, 16. But we are hearing that shipments are going through more stringent testing and documentation in China, which will undoubtedly slow down the pace of getting through customs. More than half of the wine scheduled for export to China is not leaving Australia because of the growing uncertainty facing the industry, according to Battling Green, who said exporters are preparing for the possibility of tariffs being imposed on wine going to China. Figures show more than 2,400 Australian exporters sold wine to China last year. Buddy Green said the run-up to Chinese New Year was supposed to be the highest volume of wine exports.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said previously when asked about China-Australia trade related issues that the Chinese authorities take relevant measures against foreign products exported to China in accordance with the law and regulations, in line with Chinese laws and regulations and international practice, but also to the Chinese domestic industry and consumers responsible behavior, completely reasonable, legal and beyond reproach.
After the signing of the RCEP, in which China and Australia participated, on the 15th, there is a debate in the Australian media around whether the relationship between the two countries can be eased. This could be the beginning of a new chapter in our relationship. Simpson, president of the National Farmers Federation of Australia, told the Australian media. But Lee Ming Jiang, an associate professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Relations at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, told the ABC that the signing of the RCEP is not likely to have much corrective effect on the negative aspects of Australia-China relations, and it does not mean that the Australian government will change its policy toward China, especially on issues such as national security.
17, Australia's Prime Minister Morrison is scheduled to visit Japan, and security experts expect the two sides may sign a historic defense agreement, Reuters said, as two key U.S. allies in Asia strengthen cooperation to counterbalance China's growing influence in the region. The reciprocal access agreement reportedly establishes a legal framework for the two countries' armed forces to exchange visits for training purposes and conduct joint military exercises. The two countries have been negotiating the agreement for six years, and once signed, it will be the first similar agreement since Japan signed a security treaty with the United States in 1960.