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China's 15th WTO Anniversary

Assessing the Record and Charting the Path Forward
November 11, 2001, Shi Guangsheng, the then Chinese Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, signing the protocol on China’s accession to the WTO in Doha, Qatar. / Photo by Xinhua

The 15th anniversary of China’s WTO entry marks a milestone in China’s engagement with the global economy. The WTO provides the best example of China's shift from being a rule-taker to a rule-maker. The speakers and panelists at this Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event will assess the accomplishments and challenges of China’s WTO membership, analyze how China’s trading partners and the WTO itself have adapted to China’s growing involvement, and consider the possible future paths of the WTO and the multilateral trading system. 

Speakers at this event currently include:

  • Charlene Barshefsky, Senior International Partner, Wilmerhale; and former U.S. Trade Representative (Opening Address)
  • Chad P. Bown, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics (Panelist)
  • Yang Guohua, Professor of Law, Tsinghua University (Panelist)
  • Matthew Yeo, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson (Panelist)
  • Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council (Panelist)
  • Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization (Keynote Address)
  • Wendy Cutler, Vice President and Managing Director, Washington Office, ASPI (Moderator)
  • Scott Kennedy, Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies; and Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, CSIS (Moderator)




Event Details

Mon 12 Dec 2016
9:00am - 12:00pm

2nd Floor Conference Center
Center for Strategic & International Studies
1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20036