China Standard Time: The Boundary of Techno-Nationalism in Mega-Regionals
Prepared for “Governing Science and Technology in the Mega-RTA Era: Regulatory Divergence and Convergence”, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, November 17-18, 2016
26 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2018 Last revised: 23 Sep 2020
Date Written: October 1, 2016
The emergence of China’s indigenous standards has raised concerns within trade community. Focusing on the compatibility of such Chinese made standards with the WTO laws, existing legal literature seem to see China’s indigenous standards as being oriented towards ‘techno-nationalism’, thereby posing a credible threat to international economic order. By revisiting the case of the WAPI, one of the most (in)famous Chinese indigenous standards in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry, this Article contends that the threat of China’s indigenous standards policy to the global trading system may be less serious than some had thought because of the contextual factors and new rules introduced through trade and investment laws in the mega-regionalism.
Keywords: China, WAPI, Techno-Nationalism, Technical Regulations, Standards, WTO, TBT
JEL Classification: K33
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