China's Entry to the WTO: Strategic Issues and Quantitative Assessments

China's Entry to the WTO: Strategic Issues and Quantitative Assessments

China's Entry to the WTO: Strategic Issues and Quantitative Assessments

China's Entry to the WTO: Strategic Issues and Quantitative Assessments

Synopsis

Providing a detailed analysis of the strategic issues and policy options of China's accession to the WTO, this work demostrates how tariff reduction resulting from China's accession to the WTO will benefit the Chinese Economy as well as the rest of the world.

Excerpt

In 1993, the Australia-Japan Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU) and two key economic institutes of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) initiated a collaborative research project on China's accession to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), now the World Trade Organisation (WTO). the project involved other institutions in China and the region including the China Centre for Economic Research at Beijing University, the Department of International Economics at Renmin University and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC) and Tokyo and Hitotsubashi universities in Japan. Four conferences were organised, one in Beijing, two in Canberra and one in Tokyo. This book is the product of these conferences and the research programs that were their foundations. the project also involved a program under which scholars and trade officials from China came to Canberra for research and training with scholars at the Australian National University. Some of the joint chapters in the volume reflect this research collaboration.

We are grateful to Pamela Hewitt for editorial work and bringing the volume together and to Minni Reis for her careful work in typesetting the manuscript. Marilyn Popp, David Duke and other staff at the AustraliaJapan Research Centre gave excellent assistance at all stages of the project.

We hope that the volume will contribute to understanding of the significance and impact on China and the rest of the world of China's entry to the world trade body.

Peter Drysdale, Ligang Song

Canberra, July 2000

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