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China’s Long March down the WTO Road

Kirrane, Chris (2001): China’s Long March down the WTO Road.

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This paper reviews the negotiations started in 1986 following the PRC's request to resume GATT status. It describes the phases of this negotiation up to the establishment of the World Trade Organization in 1995. It highlights the main issues of the negotiation including the basis on which the request is to be processed, including the mode of accession to the WTO and the status of a developing country claimed by China. Others relate to the substance of the demand, that is, the compatibility of China's economic and trade regime with WTO rules. The analysis shows the difficulty of negotiations confronting divergent perceptions of what the WTO system represents and the constraints it implies for the economic management.

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