China and the WTO
by Supachai Panitchpakdi and Mark Clifford
Supachai Panitchpakdi and Mark Clifford's China and the WTO is a sober and balanced account of the importance of encouraging free trade and integrating an emerging China through the mechanism of the World Trade Organization into the global system.
Within a broader discussion of the gap between Western rhetoric and reality on the issue of free trade, the writers give an explanation of the nitty-gritty of China's accession to the WTO as well as a handy guide to recent Chinese economic history. Its best insight is to recognize that China's leadership views WTO membership as a political, not an economic, strategy.
There is, however, a...