05 March 1999
Progress in Chinas WTO membership

THE US says it had made progress on Chinas application for membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) but denies speculation that Beijing has a special deal.

No details are available of what the progress between the US-Chna talks entailed.

The US statement about a special deal was addressed to the European Union (EU) which has feared it would be detrimental to European business.

Liberalisation of Chinas agricultural sector is one of the major hurdles impeding Beijings eventual membership of the WTO.