China and WTO presentation

A “presentation(link to PDF file: 480kb)”: I gave a cou­ple of weeks ago to the Aus­tralia-Chi­na Busi­ness Coun­cil review­ing some of the chal­lenges fac­ing Chi­na in the WTO.

First page of my presentation on China and WTO

Chi­na’s trade lib­er­al­iza­tion began some time before it’s WTO acces­sion. The adjust­ment press­sures Chi­na faces are due to growth (not nec­es­sar­i­ly trade). We all lose from the anti-dump­ing mania that has made Chi­na is the pri­ma­ry ‘tar­get of choice’ for anti-dump­ing measures—thanks in part to its terms of acces­sion. Chi­na wants the ben­e­fits of ‘glob­al­iza­tion’ but mis­trusts and ham­pers free­dom of infor­ma­tion: it can’t have one with­out the oth­er. Greater free­dom of infor­ma­tion is also essen­tial to the rule of law, which Chi­nas new WTO oblig­a­tions in part assume. Chi­na’s busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty needs to play a larg­er role in open advo­ca­cy on trade

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