A China Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiation

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Aaditya Mattoo

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Arvind Subramanian

International Monetary Fund (IMF); Center for Global Development

Date Written: December 10, 2011


Until recently, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been an effective framework for cooperation because it has continually adapted to changing economic realities. The current Doha Agenda is an aberration because it does not reflect one of the biggest shifts in the international economic and trading system: the rise of China.

Even though China will have a stake in maintaining trade openness, an initiative that builds on but redefines the Doha Agenda would anchor China more fully in the multilateral trading system. Such an initiative would have two pillars. First, a new negotiating agenda that would include the major issues of interest to China and its trading partners, and thus unleash the powerful reciprocal liberalization mechanism that has driven the WTO process to previous successes. Second, new restraints on bilateralism and regionalism that would help preserve incentives for maintaining the current broad non-discriminatory trading order.

Keywords: China, Trade, Multilateralism, WTO, Doha, agenda

JEL Classification: F1, F2, F5

Suggested Citation

Mattoo, Aaditya and Subramanian, Arvind, A China Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiation (December 10, 2011). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 277. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1972988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1972988

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