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Chinese FM Spokesperson's Remarks on the Launching of
Anti-dumping Investigation into Some Australian Wines

2020-08-19

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on August 18, Spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about the Chinese Competent Authorities' decision to launch an anti-dumping investigation into some wines imported from Australia.

Journalist: China's Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday it is launching an anti-dumping investigation into some wines imported from Australia. Do you have any comment?

Zhao Lijian: This is a normal anti-dumping investigation. As we learnt, the Chinese competent authorities received application for anti-dumping investigation from the Chinese wine industry on July 6. After examination according to law, the application is considered to meet the statutory requirement and an investigation was initiated on August 18. The Chinese competent authorities will conduct the investigation in a legal, fair and just manner.

Journalist: Could you elaborate a little bit more what that criterion is? The Australian side said that it does not sell wine at below market price. What is the basis for the investigation? Some reports say that the move is politically motivated. How do you respond to that?

Zhao Lijian: I made very clear China's position on this case. If you are interested in the details of the investigation, please refer to the competent authorities.

On China-Australia relations, we have repeatedly stated that China's position on developing China-Australia relations is consistent and clear. A sound and stable China-Australia relationship serves the common interests of both countries, but it calls for the joint efforts of both sides. We hope the Australian side will work with China in the same direction, earnestly uphold the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and do more things that are conducive to China-Australia mutual trust and cooperation and in line with the spirit of our comprehensive strategic partnership.

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