China, Free Trade Agreements and WTO Law: A Perspective on the Trade in Services
European University Institute Max Weber Programme Working Papers
23 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2012 Last revised: 15 Jan 2014
Date Written: June 2, 2012
China's free trade agreements in services are developing at a fast pace. This paper examines the major differences between these agreements and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and their relationship with the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Although they are modeled on the GATS, amongst other things these agreements differ in their scope and coverage, origin rules, transparency and good governance.
Keywords: WTO, China, FTAs, Services
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