Scott Morrison condemns China's new tariff on Australian wines
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says China is putting up the price of Australian wine in 'retaliation' for Australia standing up for its values and that's 'not OK'.
China's Ministry of Commerce announced the new measures would kick in from Sunday and last five years, in a statement released on Friday.
Some importers will need to pay tax to China's custom authority, in a move China says is an anti-dumping measure.
Mr Morrison said Australia 'completely reject(s)' what he called 'non-tariff restrictions'.
'By their own admission, publicly, (this is) some form of retaliation for Australians standing up for our values,' he told reporters. 'That is not OK.'
The prime minister said Australia stood alongside the UK in condemning the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang, and that Australia's ally had also come under sanctions for their position.
'I stand with Prime Minister Johnson...Boris, well done mate, we stand with you and thanks for standing with Australia as well,' he said.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan earlier called the decision 'extremely disappointing and completely unjustifiable', pledging to do everything he could to reverse it.
Video: Chinese wine tariffs are 'extremely disappointing and unjustifiable (Sky News Australia)