URGENT: Australia signals unwillingness to accept China's TPP talks

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Australia signaled on Friday that it is unwilling to accept the start of negotiations on China's possible participation in an 11-country trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal unless Beijing removes retaliatory tariffs on Australian goods.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said in a statement on Friday that existing members want to be confident that China has a "track record of compliance" with its commitments under the World Trade Organization and existing trade agreements.

He said that is among the "important matters which require ministerial engagement."