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USTR Releases 2016 Report to Congress on China’s WTO Compliance

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative presented to Congress today the 2016 annual report on China's compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.  The report is statutorily mandated by Congress and highlights the status of China's policies and practices in the areas of trade and investment.

As this year’s report notes in its Executive Summary, since China acceded to the WTO fifteen years ago and began implementing the numerous commitments that it made, the data confirm a dramatic expansion in U.S. exports to China.  Since 2001, U.S. goods exports to China have increased 505%, and services exports have increased 802%.

The report describes the various ways the Administration is working to hold China to their WTO commitments, including in key areas like intellectual property rights enforcement and the protection of trade secrets; China’s industrial policies and support for state-owned enterprises; services market access; agricultural policies; and transparency.

The report also provides comprehensive information on the status of the trade and investment commitments that China has made through the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.  Outcomes achieved through those dialogues in 2016 can be found here.

The complete report can be found here.