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IOC: Air quality not to affect marathon
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17:59, August 01, 2008

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International Olympic officials have expressed their confidence in the air quality in Beijing. The BOCOG, the organizing committee, has made a contingency plan for possible bad weather for the last day of the men's marathon.

According to the press conference today, August 1, by the Sports Department of BOCOG, Mr. Gilbert Felli, an official of the International Olympic Committee, said present air conditions in Beijing indicate a very low possibility of re-scheduling the Olympic agenda.

And Dr. Patrick Schamasch, IOC Medical and Scientific Director, said the air quality in Beijing would not affect the health of the athletes.

BOCOG officials also confirmed that contingency plans are in place to deal with possible bad weather for the men's marathon, the last sports event of the Olympics. There are very specific rules for the decision-making for any adjustment.

"I can assure you that, before the closing ceremony, all events will be completed," said an official in response to the question concerning the men's marathon.

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The lawsuits which brought Chinese vitamin C producers in 2005 and New Zealand dairies to US courts in 1996 are two examples of how the competition policy of one country can affect its trade with another.

The abuse of trade policies can also cause problems. Anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures, if used improperly, go against the principle of market competition which protects the consumer interest. "Some countries are being short-sighted for bashing competitively-priced quality products from China to protect the industries they think are being damaged by Chinese products," Huang said.

Despite all of those conflicts, empirical research has proven that the dilemma can be solved through bilateral or multinational trade arrangements. The Basic Telecom Agreement and General Agreement on Trade in Services --- both within the WTO framework --- guarantee that trade liberalization willnot be disturbed by competition restrictions.

Regional free trade agreements have reflected a good balance between competition and trade policies. Many of these protocols, either between developed economies or between developed countries and developing countries, include detailed pro-competition rules to ensure well-regulated market competition within a country.

China has signed the FTA with Chile and New Zealand and is negotiating further with other countries. Huang suggested that China could also seek to take the advantage of those protocols to coordinate with its partners in terms of competition and trade policies.

The Anti-Monopoly Law lays a legal foundation for international cooperation. It makes it necessary and possible for China to exchange and cooperate with other countries when business deals may have cross-border implications.

"That means we need mechanisms or platforms through which we can communicate with other countries," said Huang, adding that international organizations like APEC, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the International Competition Network, are all good opportunities for China to talk with its trade partners on competition and trade policies.

By People's Daily Online

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