03 March 1999
USA in bid to smooth China’s WTO entry

THE USA is to make China an offer this week in a bid to hasten Beijings plans to enter the World Trade Organisation.

No details were given of the US offer, but the barrier to Chinas entry has been its reluctance to liberalise its markets.

Washington is seeking greater access to Chinas farm sector, but Beijing feels that any significant concessions on agriculture could create political unrest.