China complained to the WTO about Australia’s Huawei 5G ban

China has complained to the WTO (World Trade Organisation) about Australia’s ban on Huawei 5G network.

The complaint does not mention Huawei by name but refers to Australia’s “discriminatory market access prohibition on 5G equipment”, made at a WTO meeting in Geneva on Friday, according to the meeting’s agenda seen by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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According to Reuters, an official who attended the meeting said Australia’s representative spoke briefly to acknowledge receiving written questions from China, but added that Australia’s Trade Ministry had not yet had time to formulate its response.

Australia was the first Five Eyes intelligence partner to effectively ban Huawei from its 5G network, but the United States has since put pressure on other Western nations to also implement a ban.

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