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Professor Julien Chaisse Quoted in the South China Morning Post on China’s chances of joining Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), one of the world’s largest free trade areas


Professor Julien Chaisse, an associate member of CCCL, explains that Australia had few formal avenues to take China to task for informally blocking trade between the two. “There is no WTO rule saying that importers cannot terminate a trade relationship – they have to be free to do so, otherwise there is no free market,” he said. “All in all, let me say that informally blocking Australian trade is not against the letter of WTO agreements and, perhaps, only against the spirit which makes difficult formal complaints.”
Read the full article here: Su-Lin Tan, China must engage Australia to boost CPTPP chances, South China Morning Post, March 22, 2022 < >.