28 Aug 2015
Input Sought on Mainland China's Compliance with WTO Obligations
The inter-agency Trade Policy Staff Committee has announced its intention to conduct a hearing and seek public comments on mainland China's compliance with its World Trade Organisation commitments. As in previous years, this hearing will cover areas such as trading rights, import regulation (e.g., tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, quotas and import licences), export regulation, internal policies affecting trade (e.g., subsidies, standards and technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, government procurement, trade-related investment measures, and taxes and charges levied on imports and exports), intellectual property rights and IPR enforcement, services, rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform administration of laws and regulations and status of legal reform), and other WTO commitments. In addition, given the U.S. view that mainland China should be held accountable as a full participant in, and beneficiary of, the international trading system, the TPSC is asking parties to identify any unresolved compliance issues that warrant review and evaluation by USTR's China Enforcement Task Force.
The hearing will be held 7 October in Washington, D.C. Persons wishing to testify at the hearing must provide written notification of their intention, as well as a copy of their testimony, by 23 September. Written comments must also be submitted by that date.