A MEMBER of the European Parliament is urging China to further open itself to external trade in order to gain membership of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). ''They [China] want to have access to other markets, but they don't open up. You don't have free access to the China market,'' said Ms Christa Randzio-Plath, an adviser to European Community negotiators on GATT talks. China's tariffs and import restrictions had to be relaxed, she said. Intellectual property rights should also be protected to prevent the huge amount of copying. Despite signs of improvement, China's stand on democracy and human rights was still unacceptable to the EC, she said. ''It's very good that some prisoners have been released, but that's still not enough. I hope that they will have more respect for human rights,'' she said. ''We have discussed human rights issue in the EC and we think it is necessary that your trade partners should respect democracy and human rights,'' she added. But Ms Randzio-Plath said the EC looked forward to China's entry into GATT, which could boost world trade. She was sceptical that the Uruguay Round of world trade talks would be concluded this year, citing with relations between the EC and United States as the major problem. ''Now we have problems between the US and the EC. We have to first solve these problems in order to have a successful closure to the GATT round,'' she said. Differences between the two countries had to settled through talks, she said. Ms Randzio-Plath was in Hongkong to address a seminar on investment in Hamburg, Germany, organised by the Hamburg Business Development Corp and the Hongkong General Chamber of Commerce.