Chinese Ambassador to the WTO Zhang Xiangchen (left) chats with his US counterpart Dennis Shea before a WTO meeting in Geneva in July last year. Photo: Reuters
Wang Huiyao
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The View by Wang Huiyao

Why China should lead the mission to save the ailing WTO and revive multilateralism

  • China, having benefited tremendously from WTO membership, is now in a position to spearhead WTO reforms as a bridge between developed and developing nations
  • It won’t be easy but Beijing can get the ball rolling in areas of agreement such as e-commerce regulations and marine plastic pollution

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Chinese Ambassador to the WTO Zhang Xiangchen (left) chats with his US counterpart Dennis Shea before a WTO meeting in Geneva in July last year. Photo: Reuters
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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He chat at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Lighthizer, a lawyer with decades of experience in both international trade law and Republican politics, has long been a critic of Chinese trade practices. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
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Inside Out by David Dodwell

China isn’t gaming global trade through its industrial polices or ‘unique’ economic model – the problem is out-of-date WTO rules

  • There’s a myth that says China got a pass into the WTO, and has used state-owned enterprises to break the rules ever since. But those rules were written before the digital age, and perhaps the state role in the market needs to be reconsidered

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He chat at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Lighthizer, a lawyer with decades of experience in both international trade law and Republican politics, has long been a critic of Chinese trade practices. Photo: AFP
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