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What if China had never joined the WTO?

The global economy overall would probably have been a little poorer and China would have probably grown more slowly.

Even before China joined the WTO, it had more or less the same access to the US market that WTO members enjoyed.

IN JANUARY this year, Robert Lighthizer, the US Trade Representative, put out a report stating unequivocally that the US had made a mistake in supporting China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. Mr Lighthizer argued that China, together with Russia, had undermined the WTO...

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