This photo, taken on September 30, 2019, shows the headquarters of the World Trade Organization in Geneva. (Kyodo)

BEIJING (Kyodo) – China on Thursday said it filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over anti-dumping tariffs Australia has imposed on some of its products, marking a further escalation in trade tensions between the two countries.

The Chinese Commerce Ministry’s decision is seen as a retaliatory measure against Australia’s recent decision to file a WTO complaint regarding China’s anti-dumping duties on wine exports.

China has said it has targeted Australian tariffs on its products such as vehicle parts for railways. Australia, meanwhile, said late last month it would ask the WTO to establish a dispute settlement panel on the tariffs China has levied on its barley.

Relations between Beijing and Canberra have continued to deteriorate, particularly after Australia called early last year for an independent examination of the origins of the new coronavirus, first detected in the central city of Wuhan in China at the end of 2019.

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