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Remarkable strides in China after WTO accession: Barshefsky

By Jiang Xufeng (Xinhua)

11:24, November 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- China has made tremendous progress in economic and trade growth since its entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) a decade ago, said Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, a former U.S. trade representative.

For China, the gains of its accession into the WTO were "evident" in terms of its "remarkable strides" in industrialization, modernization, GDP growth and its role in the global trading system, Barshefsky told Xinhua in a recent interview in Washington, D.C.

"The WTO accession for China was no small thing," said the former top U.S. negotiator in China's WTO bid, adding that it helped the country to strengthen its economy and demonstrate its will to be part of the global system.

China officially entered the WTO on Dec. 11, 2001 after years of tough negotiations, becoming the 143rd member of the global institution.

The accession and what happened after that helped China speak the "same language" economically as other countries and observe the same rules, and the enhanced transparency has enabled countries to better understand each other and forge closer ties, Barshefsky said.

A common economic language, aspiration and view were "extremely powerful" for the prosperity of various nations, she commented.

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