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China responds after Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham accuses it of undermining free trade deal

China has reacted angrily to claims, made by Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, it is undermining a free trade deal through restrictions and tariffs on Australian exports.

Senator Birmingham says recent trade strikes and restrictions on Australian exports violate the 2015 deal and also raise questions about China’s adherence to World Trade Organisation rules.

“The targeted nature of Chinese government measures on Australian goods raises concerns about China’s adherence to the letter and spirit of its ChAFTA and WTO obligations,” he told the Senate on Wednesday.

The minister said China was ignoring measures under the free trade agreement requiring regular meetings and reviews.

Simon Birmingham has accused China of undermining a free trade agreement. Credit: AAP

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