China's state television will provide live coverage of today's meeting where ministers of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will approve the country's admission after 15 years of exhaustive negotiations. The admission of China and Taiwan is one of the main items of the WTO meeting that opened yesterday in the Gulf state of Qatar. The meeting, attended by ministers from the more than 140 members of the WTO, is the body's highest authority. According to the WTO schedule, tonight the ministers will approve by applause the admission of China, the details of which were worked out before the Doha meeting. Ministers will then make speeches to welcome the admission of the world's most populous country. Tomorrow night China will sign the 900-page accession document, which will be followed by a news conference attended by Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation Shi Guangsheng, who is leading his country's delegation to the Doha meeting, and senior WTO officials who helped negotiate the accord. China's state television will provide live coverage of both events, an indication of the importance the Government attaches to its WTO accession. China Central Television has brought a team of 24 to Doha, part of a Chinese media delegation of nearly 100, accounting for more than 10 per cent of the total number of foreign media representatives. The weekend ceremonies start the clock on a 30-day period of ratification, during which the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress will approve the decision. At the end of the 30 days, China officially becomes a member of the WTO. It marks the third major success for President Jiang Zemin's Government this year, after Beijing gained the Olympics for 2008 and the national soccer team won a place at the World Cup finals for the first time. But celebrations this weekend in China will be more muted than for the other two events. WTO negotiations have been going on for so long that most Chinese have become numb to them and the issues involved are too complex and remote for most of the public to follow. The accession of Taiwan will follow that of China by one day. Ministers will approve by consensus its entry tomorrow night, with the signing of the document set for noon on Monday. With the addition of China and Taiwan, the name of the World Trade Organisation will become less of a misnomer. Of the major countries, only Russia remains outside the world's main trading club.