Australian Winemakers Urge Pm To Mend Fences With China


SYDNEY – Australian winemakers will on Wednesday hold an emergency meeting with the government as frustration grows that Canberra is unable to break an impasse with China over trade restrictions triggered by a souring of bilateral relations.

The industry body said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needed to travel to China as soon as possible to put relations back on track and remove blockages on wine imports, a trade worth A$848 million ($647 million) to Australia last year.

As many as six Australian wine companies, including Treasury Wine Estates Ltd – the world’s biggest-listed winemaker – have faced delays getting products through Chinese customs this year amid the diplomatic rift between Canberra and Beijing.

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