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China-Australia relations: coal, cotton curbs could violate trade rules, lawyers say

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]China’s informal verbal prohibitions on Australian imports of coal and cotton could breach rules set out by the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as the free trade deal between the two nations, according to trade lawyers.Directing state-owned enterprises not to trade with Australian suppliers is viewed as a de facto barrier to trade, and contravenes WTO trading rules that stop members from discriminating trade with any country.The moves against coal and cotton, which both emerged in quick…

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China’s informal verbal prohibitions on Australian imports of coal and cotton could breach rules set out by the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as the free trade deal between the two nations, according to trade lawyers.Directing state-owned enterprises not to trade with Australian suppliers is viewed as a de facto barrier to trade, and contravenes WTO trading rules that stop members from discriminating trade with any country.The moves against coal and cotton, which both emerged in quick…

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