The conclusion that China's accession to the WTO was a failure from a U.S. perspective stems from: 1) loading too many issues and expectations—including an entire panoply of national security and geostrategic concerns -- on to the WTO and its rules-based, binding dispute settlement system to address; 2) failure by the United States and the rest of the world to use the tools available as a result of China’s accession to the WTO to both protect their domestic markets and hold China to account for its WTO commitments; and 3) China’s U-turn away from market-economy reforms to a much more state-centric, Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-run economy. Addressing the United States’ concerns with China will require working to strengthen the WTO and then using it to take on a more limited set of trade concerns while using other tools to address broader concerns both bilaterally and in conjunction with allies and partners.
Forthcoming chapter in China and the WTO: 20 Years On (Henry Gao and Damian Raess eds., Cambridge University Press).
Scholarly Commons Citation
Hillman, Jennifer A., "China’s Entry into the WTO—A Mistake by the United States?" (2022). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2448.