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Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM)
Summary of issues by theme Raised by Raised by China's response
United other WTO
Status of China's collection of Written,a EC -Written,b China attached great importance to making
information for its subsidy notification, Verbald Verbald such notifications because it was their view,
and submission of its subsidy and they believed that it was also the view
notification. shared by many, that making such
Description of problems preventing Writtena notifications was conducive to the sharing of
China from making its notification under information and also for improving the
Article 25.1 of the Agreement. transparency of the domestic processes of
Type of information China relies upon to Writtena different countries. China wished to reaffirm
assemble its notification. its commitment to fulfilling its notification
Concerning the notification obligation of China,
China stated that it was very serious about
fulfilling its notification obligations and that it
was in the process of improving its notification
system so as to be up to the standard set by
the WTO. (Verbald)
Details on subsidies available in the Writtena China had terminated all export subsidies.
textile industry for manufacture with raw For example, at present, China maintained no
materials, financing of mill subsidies or subsidy schemes in the textile
establishments and purchase of raw industry, which was in conformity with China's
materials-type of subsidy, timeline of accession commitments. The China National
the program and recipients, role the Textile Industry Council referred to in the
China National Textile Industry Council questions had not engaged in any work
plays to support subsidy programs for related to subsidy schemes. The delegate of
the textile industry. China stressed that the reports were not true.
List and explanation of all subsidies Mexico - Since accession to the WTO, China had
granted at the national and sub-national Writtenc embarked upon extensive efforts in the
level to enterprises in the following collection of subsidy information. A number of
sectors: leather and footwear; textiles difficulties had been encountered during the
and clothing; electric and electronic process, including the partial understanding of
products; iron and steel; chemical; the WTO notification requirements by local
automotive industry. officials, under-performance of the domestic
information collection system and varied
criteria on statistics. Measures were being
taken to address these issues, both on the
national and sub-national level, for example,
the strengthening of the communications
between ranks of officials, briefings by WTO
experts, and the translation of the technical
cooperation handbook on WTO notification
requirements. China was vigorously pushing
forward work but that they were not in a
position to give a specific time frame for the
completion of it. (Verbald)
Information on VAT rebate program Writtena EC - Questions in this regard had already been
granted for imports of scrap copper in Written,b addressed in the TRM of the Committee on
accordance with required subsidy Verbald Market Access on 20 October 2003. China
notification format, including the felt it preferable not to repeat those responses
recipients of the rebate, the amount of Japan - in the SCM Committee meeting due to the
the rebate and how the administering Verbald limited time. (Verbald)
GAO-05-209R U.S.-China Trade
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