Trade Talks Episode 15: Is China a Non-Market Economy? Why the WTO Gets to Decide
PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist focus on a huge WTO dispute in which China is suing the European Union and the United States over their refusal to treat it as a market economy, meaning they will not put lower duties on Chinese exports. They discuss how China’s economy has evolved over time and how to define a "market economy." Special features include Keynes’s interview with European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, and conversations about the issues with PIIE Senior Fellow Nicholas R. Lardy and Harvard Law School Professor Mark Wu. Bown and Keynes ultimately explain the dispute's political, economic, and legal implications for the future of the entire multilateral trading system.