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China and the Long March to Global Trade
The Accession of China to the World Trade Organization

ISBN 9780415315173
Published November 25, 2003 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

On December 11th 2001, China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). China and the Long March to Global Trade examines the prolonged negotiations leading up to this historic event.
This edited collection assumes little prior knowledge of the Chinese accession process yet provides an in-depth examination of the related issues. It is therefore suitable for both those who require an introduction to the field and those with an existing interest in China and the World Trade Organization.

Table of Contents

1. General Introduction  Part 1: Background to China and the World Trade Organization  2. The WTO: Post Seattle and Chinese Accession  3. Negotiating China's Protocol of Accession  4. Avoiding Deadlock  Part 2: China's Global Economic Integration: Economic Reform  5. A Litmus Test for China's Accession to the WTO: Reform of its State-Owned Enterprises  6. China's Great Leap of Faith: Telecommunications and Financial Services Commitments  7. Pressures on China from the Asian Financial Crises  Part 3: Transparency and the Rule of Law: Legal Reform  8.  Article X and the Concept of Transparency in the GATT/WTO  9. The Evolution of Law in Contemporary China: Challenges for WTO Implementation  10. China's Accession to the WTO: Legal System Transparency and Administrative Reform  11. Administrative Process and the Rule of Law  Part 4: Provisional Membership/Transition Mechanisms  12. Transitional Review Mechanism: Has an Effective Multilateral Mechanism Been Created?  13. Conclusion: Where do We Go From Here?

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Alan S. Alexandroff is currently the Director of Research for the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at the University of Toronto and a Principal of LECG Inc., an economic, finance and strategic management consulting firm. Sylvia Ostry is Distinguished Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. She is a director of a number of international institutions and private corporations, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Rafael Gomez is Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management, London School of Economics and Politics and also holds Research Fellowships at the LSE and the University of Toronto.


'China and the Long March to Global Trade is an indispensable source on China's WTO accession. The analysis of China's integration and adjustment process is in-depth and insightful, and thus is of enduring value as a case study for other potential WTO aspirants and new WTO Members as well.' - Raj Bhala, Associate Dean and Harris Research Professor, The George Washington University Law School