The quality of China-made goods has improved since the country joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. Photo: Shutterstock
The quality of China-made goods has improved since the country joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. Photo: Shutterstock

China’s WTO membership reshaped the country and global supply chains, but progress belies a future rife with uncertainty

  • Businessmen from Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Shanghai reflect on the past 20 years of China’s membership in the World Trade Organization
  • From a ‘very backward’ Shenzhen filled with rural farmland to the world’s manufacturing powerhouse, progress has surpassed expectations of what WTO membership would bring China

The quality of China-made goods has improved since the country joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. Photo: Shutterstock
The quality of China-made goods has improved since the country joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. Photo: Shutterstock
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