Impact of Chinese Characteristics on the World Trade Organization: Challenges and Strategies

20 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2018

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Siqi Li

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)

Xinquan Tu

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)

Date Written: March–April 2018

Abstract

Following China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), it has been impossible to overlook the influence of its economy on the multilateral trading system. Many published studies have examined why China joined the WTO and the comprehensive impacts of WTO membership on China, but few studies have focused on China's impact on the WTO. This article attempts to fill this gap by examining China's changing role in the multilateral trading system from political and legal perspectives, seeking to shed light on how Chinese characteristics have reshaped the power structure and rule‐based system of the WTO. While its accession has made the WTO more relevant in regards to global trade governance, China has been accused of upsetting the WTO's rules‐based system because of its unique political and economic regime. The WTO and its members should take the Chinese characteristics into consideration and regulate China's practices through using the dispute settlement mechanism, promoting China's accession to plurilateral agreements and adopting a "soft law" approach.

Keywords: China, global trade governance, World Trade Organization

JEL Classification: F13, K33, P20

Suggested Citation

Li, Siqi and Tu, Xinquan, Impact of Chinese Characteristics on the World Trade Organization: Challenges and Strategies (March–April 2018). China & World Economy, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 107-126, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3140853 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cwe.12239

Siqi Li (Contact Author)

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) ( email )

10, Huixin Dongjie
Changyang District
Beijing, Beijing 100029
China

Xinquan Tu

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) ( email )

10, Huixin Dongjie
Changyang District
Beijing, Beijing 100029
China

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