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China's trade policies still too opaque: WTO members

Published on Jul 4, 2014 12:51 AM
Chinese Assistant Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen rejected allegations against its trade policies as "baseless", and insisted that China "has one of the best track records of implementing WTO rulings". -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - World Trade Organisation member states on Thursday urged China to make its trade policies more transparent amid a "striking" lack of clarity on its rules.

China, which recently become the largest trader in the 160-member group, has failed to live up to key transparency commitments it made when it joined the organisation in 2001, WTO members said during a three-day policy review.

The WTO Secretariat, which has drawn up a 200-page report on China's trade policy over the past two years, acknowledged it had not been able to obtain key documents from Beijing since they had not been centralised and many had not been translated into one of the group's official languages.

Malaysian ambassador Mariam Salleh, who chaired the mandatory biannual review, said members had stressed "the increased responsibility that comes with becoming a lead player in the multilateral trading system".

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