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China–Autos: Haven't We Danced this Dance Before?

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  • MITCHELL, ANDREW D.
  • PRUSA, THOMAS J.

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Just as it had in several recent similar disputes, the Panel in China–Autos found several of the challenged issues WTO-inconsistent. We believe virtually all of the deficiencies noted by the Panel could be easily addressed with minor changes to MOFCOM practices. The real significance of this dispute lies in what it tell us about the larger trade policy dance between the US and China. On the one hand, with the series of related WTO disputes the US has demonstrated that China must comply with WTO rules. The more vexing challenge, however, is the apparent tit-for-tat motivation for this and other recent Chinese trade policies, and on this point this dispute does little to change the calculus. The prospective nature of WTO relief makes it almost impossible for the WTO to discourage the type of opportunistic protectionist actions exemplified by this case.

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  • Mitchell, Andrew D. & Prusa, Thomas J., 2016. "China–Autos: Haven't We Danced this Dance Before?," World Trade Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 15(2), pages 303-325, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:wotrrv:v:15:y:2016:i:02:p:303-325_00
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    1. Dukgeun Ahn & Maurizio Zanardi, 2016. "China - HP-SSST: Last Part of Growing Pains?," RSCAS Working Papers 2016/48, European University Institute.
    2. Bown, Chad P., 2019. "The 2018 US-China Trade Conflict After 40 Years of Special Protection," CEPR Discussion Papers 13695, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    3. Kara Reynolds & Tatiana Yanguas, 2018. "China – Cellulose Pulp: China’s Quest to Satisfy WTO Panels and the Appellate Body," RSCAS Working Papers 2018/59, European University Institute.

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