On 11 December 2001, China became a member of the World Trade Organization. Many say the 1999 US-China bilateral trade agreements and the vote in Congress to establish permanent normal trade relations with China paved the way for China” s accession to the WTO. Although China was not a WTO member, the United States had granted China most favored nation trade status (MFN) since 1979. But under U.S. law, China” s trade status of an annual renewal, which often require a focal point in Congress … Read more »

On 11 December 2001, China became a member of the World Trade Organization. Many say the 1999 US-China bilateral trade agreements and the vote in Congress to establish permanent normal trade relations with China paved the way for China” s accession to the WTO. Although China was not a WTO member, the United States had granted China most favored nation trade status (MFN) since 1979. But under U.S. law, China” s trade status of an annual renewal, which often relates to a focal point for protests in Congress on issues of human rights, security, and the growing U.S. trade deficit with China is required. In order to support China” s accession to the WTO, the United States, to make a non-discriminatory treatment by the agreement, China” s MFN status PNTR or permanent normal trade stand-up which had the right to commit annual permanently known Reviews. The vote in Congress lobbying generates a battle on Capitol Hill of historic proportions. Why PNTR happen? Agreements should play what role in promoting human rights, improving the domestic reforms, promoting the rule of law and the promotion of national security? How were the US-China bilateral agreement and the PNTR vote in the context of other important negotiations? What is the role of trade in promoting America” s economic interests? (Revised August 2005) HKS case number 1771.0
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Charan Devereaux,
Robert Lawrence
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Release date: 07 December, 2004. Prod #: HKS476-PDF-ENG
The Eagle and the Dragon: The November 1999 US-China Bilateral Agreement and the Battle Over PNTR HBR case solution

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