China is not in any hurry to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Premier Zhu Rongji told Western business leaders in Beijing yesterday. Mr Zhu, who failed to seal an agreement with Washington over the mainland's WTO qualification in April when he visited the United States, said Beijing could wait. Since China had already spent 13 years trying to get into the world body, it could afford to wait longer, he said. The Premier's remark, a repetition of what President Jiang Zemin said in April and May, came a day after Washington's top trade negotiator, Charlene Barshefsky, said the US would not ease its demands with China in WTO negotiations. Testifying before the US Senate's Finance Committee on Wednesday, Ms Barshefsky reiterated that the US would not make new concessions to strike a deal. Mr Zhu told the business leaders, who had arrived from Shanghai where they attended the Fortune Global Forum, China would 'be patient' and not rush to make a deal unless it was on its own terms.