China WTO Membership Questioned

The Trump administration claims the US mistakenly supported China’s membership of the WTO in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy. In an annual report, the administration wrote: “It seems clear that the US erred in supporting China’s entry into the WTO on terms that have proven to be ineffective in securing China’s embrace of an open, market-orientated trade regime.” This comment comes amid worsening tensions between the US and China as Trump prepares to crack down on “unfair” trade and business policies.