Chinas Speech on U.S. Unilateralism in WTO Review of U.S. Trade Policy

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 Chinas Speech on U.S. Unilateralism in WTO Review of U.S. Trade Policy


Madam President:

Its a great pleasure to meet my colleagues from the U.S. Trade Representatives office in Geneva. It also reminds me of the years when China entered the WTO negotiations. My limited WTO knowledge at that time was half from books and half from my American colleagues as negotiators. One of them said to me proudly, In our blood, there are GATT and WTO rules. The establishment of WTO rules system and the development of multilateral trade system are inseparable from the contributions of these American colleagues.

Not long ago, Mr. Stan Lee, the master of American film and television, passed away, which is a great loss for comic fans all over the world. Mr. Stan Lee co-authored our well-known superheroes, including Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man. Among them, my favorite is Spider-Man, and what impresses me most is not his extraordinary ability, but his sense of responsibility. I remember Spider-Man saying in the movie, Great power comes from great responsibility. Spiderman did that.

The relationship between power and responsibility applies not only to superman, but also to ordinary people and the state. Stan Lee went and took Spiderman with him. It is equally regrettable that, since the last review, especially in this year, in the field of trade policy, we have seen another United States, a United States whose power and responsibility are seriously mismatched:

- Restricting trade in steel and aluminium products through 232 measures to make trade protectionism prevail under the guise of national security;

- Raising tariffs on a large scale through 301 measures to make the unilateralist monster, which has been silent for many years, rage again.

- To eclipse the crown pearl of the multilateral trading system by continually blocking the selection of appellate body members.

Madam President, we do not accept the far-fetched explanation that tariffs on steel and aluminium are based on national security considerations. We do not believe that the United States is not clear that unilateral 301 measures violate its own WTO commitments. We do not agree that paralysis of the appellate body can make the WTO dispute settlement mechanism more efficient.

Economic globalization brings both opportunities and challenges to every country. If it is competition, it cannot always win; if it is cooperation, it cannot only take advantage; if it is negotiation, it cannot overwhelm others. Facing the challenges, we can not build barriers to trade. The correct choice is to take appropriate policies and measures at home to help the people in distress overcome difficulties; strengthen consultation and coordination at the international level to provide a stable international environment for the development of each country. The same is true for WTO. If the roof of our WTO building leaks, we should work together to repair it, not to demolish it, so that everyone is exposed to the storm.

Not long ago, China and EU members jointly put forward proposals to reform the Appellate Body of the WTO. We look forward to the constructive participation of the United States in the discussions. Some members have put forward ideas for the overall reform of the WTO. China has also put forward three basic principles and five propositions for the reform. We hope to work with all members, including the United States, through equal consultation, to promote WTO to keep pace with the times, carry out necessary reforms, adapt to the development of economic globalization and respond to the expectations of the international business community. Madam President, back to the relationship between power and responsibility, as small as a family and as big as an international organization, the eldest should be the eldest. We should not only consider our own narrow interests and do whatever we want to do to harm the interests of others. Allow me to conclude by quoting Winston Churchills speech at Harvard University in 1943. The great price is to take responsibility. If this has been proved in the past, it will also be an indisputable fact in the future. Americans cannot shirk their responsibility to the world. Thank you, Madam President. Source: Business Micro News Responsible Editor: Ji Guojie_NBJ11143

Not long ago, China and EU members jointly put forward proposals to reform the Appellate Body of the WTO. We look forward to the constructive participation of the United States in the discussions. Some members have put forward ideas for the overall reform of the WTO. China has also put forward three basic principles and five propositions for the reform. We hope to work with all members, including the United States, through equal consultation, to promote WTO to keep pace with the times, carry out necessary reforms, adapt to the development of economic globalization and respond to the expectations of the international business community.

Madam President, back to the relationship between power and responsibility, as small as a family and as big as an international organization, the eldest should be the eldest. We should not only consider our own narrow interests and do whatever we want to do to harm the interests of others. Allow me to conclude by quoting Winston Churchills speech at Harvard University in 1943. The great price is to take responsibility. If this has been proved in the past, it will also be an indisputable fact in the future. Americans cannot shirk their responsibility to the world.

Thank you, Madam President.