China is taking Australia to the World Trade Organisation over concerns around Australia’s anti-dumping measures on some Chinese products.
Specifically, the complaint involves how Chinese wind towers, stainless steel sinks and railway wheels are handled.
Trade Minister Dan Tehan said Australia will “vigorously defend” itself against the complaint.
“China has the right to take this action but we will vigorously defend the duties that we have put in place,” Mr Tehan said.
“Why they have taken this action now is a question you would have to ask China.”
The move comes just five days after Australia said it would take China to the WTO over tariffs placed on Australian wines.