China, the world's sixth largest economy, has recently joined the rules-based international trading system. What are the implications of this accession? Leading scholars and practitioners from the US, Europe, China, Australia and Japan argue that China's membership will affect the WTO's decision-making, dispute resolution and rule-based structures. It will also spur legal and economic reform, have far-reaching social, political and distributional consequences in China, facilitate a new role for China in international geo-political affairs, and alter the shape, structure and content of the international trading system as a whole. Of interest to scholars of China, as well as trade lawyers and economists.
• First, comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of the effects on China and the international trading system as a whole of China's recent entry to the WTO • Contributions by the leading scholars and practitioners in the field from Europe, China, US, UK, Australia and Japan • Extensive select reading list useful to students, practitioners and policy-makers alike
Introduction: entering the new millennium Deborah Z. Cass, Brett Gerard Williams and George Barker; Part I. The World Trading System: 1. The impact of China's accession on the WTO John H. Jackson; 2. WTO membership for China: to be and not to be: is that the answer? Sylvia Ostry; 3. China and the constitutionalization of international trade law Deborah Z. Cass; Part II. The Accession: 4. China's WTO accession: the final countdown Jeffrey L. Gertler; 5. China's accession: improving market access and Australia's role and interests Graeme Thomson; Part III. China: The Domestic Sphere: 6. The state of the Chinese economy: structural changes, impacts and implications Ligang Song; 7. Trade policy reform and China's WTO accession Elena Ianchovichina and Will Martin; 8. China's WTO entry in labor surplus and Marxist terms Raj Bhala; 9. Enforcement of WTO agreements: illusion or reality? Qingjian Kong; 10. China: trade, law and human rights Alice Tay; Part IV. Trade in Goods: 11. China's interest in the WTO's deregulation of international textiles trade Ian Dickson; 12. China and the agreement on technical barriers to trade Ichiro Araki; Part V. Trade in Services and Competition Policy: 13. WTO membership and professional services regulation in China Christopher Arup; 14. The impact of accession on regulation of distribution and logistics industries in China Dene Yeaman; 15. Regulating the new economy: implications for telecommunications and e-commerce in China Ian Macintosh; 16. Segregation and convergence: the Chinese dilemma for financial services Richard Wu; 17. Adopting a competition law in China Mark Williams; Part VI. Intellectual Property: 18. Chinese trademark law and the TRIPs agreement Angela Gregory; 19. TRIPs goes East: China's interests and international trade in intellectual property Antony Taubman; 20. The impact of WTO membership on review of the TRIPS agreement Daniel Stewart and Brett Gerard Williams; Part VII. Dispute Settlement: 21. Interpreting China's accession protocol: a case study in anti-dumping Michael Lennard; 22. Dispute settlement and sub-national entities Ravi P. Kewalram.
'… a huge and authoritative collection of papers … The 22 chapters cover the entire waterfront, with contributions ranging from the technicalities of absorbing the WTO accession agreements into China's domestic law to the country's textile exports; from competition law to liberalization of the distribution sector; from telecommunications reform to several chapters on the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, the IPR agreement that china was required to implement on entry … essential reading for those wishing to understand the issues.' International Affairs