China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 after years of negotiation. The country had been keen to join the WTO given that China’s economy is now highly dependent on foreign resources and markets. Joining the WTO is also a mechanism for forcing change on outdated state-owned enterprises in China.
China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 11 December 2001 after years of vigorous lobbying for membership. The WTO is an