fbpx The 'China, Inc.' Challenge to Global Trade Governance | Harvard Kennedy School

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  • Mark Wu

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The 'China, Inc.' Challenge to Global Trade Governance. Mark Wu, May 13, 2016, Paper, "In the past decade, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has adjudicated over forty disputes involving China and other powerful economies. These cases are often trumpeted as a sign of the enduring strength of the trade regime and the efficacy of international law in managing geopolitical tensions associated with China’s rise. This Article suggests that this positive assessment obfuscates dangers lurking on the horizon. It explains why the rise of China presents a major challenge to the multilateral trade regime. At the heart of this challenge is the fact that China’s economic structure is sui generis — having evolved in a manner largely unforeseen by those negotiating WTO treaty law." Link