China joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in December 2001. Photo: AP

Trade war: phase one deal raises hopes China will rekindle economic reforms 18 years after joining WTO

  • A phase one trade deal with the US could invite necessary external pressure for Beijing to speed up opening and liberalisation, analysts say
  • The deal announced last week has prompted comparison with goals China was required to meet in order to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001
Topic |   US-China trade war

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China joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in December 2001. Photo: AP
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Zhou Xin

Zhou Xin

Zhou Xin co-leads the political economy team at the Post. He mainly covers economic stories but also writes about Chinese politics and diplomacy. He has previously worked for Reuters and Bloomberg in Beijing.