WTO spokesperson praises China Ministry of Foreign Affairs
WTO spokesperson praises China Ministry of Foreign Affairs: China will continue to promote a new round of high-level opening up
According to the "Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson's Office" public news, at the regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on December 13, a reporter asked: This year marks the 17th anniversary of China's formal accession to the WTO. We have noted that WTO spokesperson Keith Roquevel said in an interview recently that it is vital to make China a member of the WTO and have a strong support for a rule-based multilateral trading system like China. important. What is China's comment?
Lu Wei: We have noticed Mr. Rockwell's pertinent evaluation of China's role as a member of the WTO.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up. Joining the WTO (WTO) 17 years ago is a milestone in the great process of reform and opening up. Its influence is huge and far-reaching for both China and the world.
In the past 17 years, China has abide by the rules of the WTO, and has implemented the promise of non-tariff barriers such as tax reduction for goods, cancellation of import quotas, liberalization of foreign trade management rights, and opening of the service market. Deep integration into globalization has not only achieved the status of China's largest trader of goods, accelerated China's economic development and poverty reduction process, but also enabled China to better share development opportunities with the world and made important contributions to the development of trade and people's well-being in all countries of the world. contribution.
Over the past 17 years, China has fully participated in and supported the work of the WTO, actively promoted trade liberalization and facilitation, took the lead in signing the Trade Facilitation Agreement, firmly supported the rules-based multilateral trading system, and promoted the WTO to play a major role in global economic governance. Support more developing countries to integrate into and benefit from the process of economic globalization.
Of course, there are regrets in these 17 years. While most countries affirm China’s great contribution to promoting international trade and safeguarding the multilateral trading system, there are still a few countries that turn a blind eye to this and even refuse to fulfill the obligations of Article 15 of the Protocol on China’s Accession to the WTO, so that China will continue to suffer from Fair treatment.
At present, the multilateral trading system is standing at a new key, facing the serious impact of unilateralism and protectionism. China will adhere to the path of multilateralism and support the WTO in carrying out necessary reforms. Not long ago, we have published a position paper on reforms, emphasizing three principles and five claims. Together with the WTO members, we will safeguard the core values and basic principles of the WTO, enhance its authority and effectiveness, and make the WTO better suited to the needs of future international trade development. At the same time, China will also promote a new round of high-level opening up and open up an open world economy with all parties to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.