Implications of Reform and WTO Accession for China's Agricultural Policies
World Bank - Policy Research Department
Economics of Transition, Vol. 9, No. 3, November 2001
While China's trade policies in most areas have been transformed in the reform era, trade in many agricultural goods remains under relatively nontransparent state trading arrangements. Accession to the WTO will be a critical turning point, increasing transparency and introducing disciplines on protection even for the commodities remaining under state trading. While China's tariff bindings for the most sensitive products seem unlikely to require substantial short-term reductions in protection, they rule out substantial increases in the future, provide the opportunity to develop an efficient agricultural sector, and highlight the need for effective policies to reduce rural poverty. WTO membership provides an opportunity for China to improve market access opportunities for its agricultural exports, which face much higher barriers than its exports of industrial products.
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Date posted: October 15, 2001
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