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Summary of issues by theme Raised by Raised by China's response
United other WTO
Timetable intended for China to start Verbald EC - one of its research subjects in 2003. The
negotiations to join the GPA. Written,b establishment and composition of the panel of
Verbald experts would be further decided based upon
Japan - the results from the preliminary study, while
Written the timetable for the launch of negotiations
would be set in the same manner. (Verbald)
All government procurement procedures Japan - Since became a Member, China had been
are conducted in a transparent manner Writtenc actively laying the ground work for the full
and that the MFN principle is applied to EC - Verbald implementation of the commitments relating to
all foreign suppliers in practice. government procurement contained in its
accession protocol, and these efforts had
yielded remarkable results in many ways.
China's first Government Procurement Law
was published in 2001 and was followed by
the enactment of a series of supplementary
rules. The implementing regulation to the Law
was also being drafted. Since the
Government Procurement Law took force,
purchase activity falling under the provisions
of the State Council had to follow government
procurement procedures, which had to be
made transparent. According to the existing
regulations of Ministry of Finance,
procurement from foreign suppliers had to go
under international public tendering.
Information relating to the bidding and winner
had to be made public via the media
designated by the Ministry of Finance. Up till
now, no complaints from foreign suppliers had
been filed to the Ministry. (Verbald)
Timetable for China's response on U.S. Writtena With regard to the questions posed by
questions to China raised in connection Members concerning customs valuation,
with the transitional review before China had provided responses in the context
Committee on Customs Valuation. of TRM held by the Committee of Customs
Valuation on 6 October 2003. If Members had
further questions to China's responses during
TRM, they could raise these questions under
the appropriate agenda item in the meeting of
the Committee with the mandate, to which
China would provide answers according to
due procedures. (Verbald)
China's intention to reconsider a EC - A new automobile development policy was in
measure to establish a dual distribution Written,b the process of being drafted. During the
network for domestically produced and Verbald drafting process China had extensively
imported automobiles; the legislative solicited the opinions from various parties,
process for its adoption; timetable for including U.S. and EU manufacturers. The
notification to the WTO; concerns about final solution of this problem would have to
its WTO compatibility. wait until the final text of this new policy was
ready and published. (Verbald)
Source: GAO analysis of WTO documents.
Note: An additional document source is a communication from China: G/CNV/474; dated 11/21/03.
aCommunication from U.S.: G/C/W/473; dated 11/17/03.
bCommunication from EC: G/C/W/476; dated 11/26/03.
CCommunication from Japan: G/CNV/471; dated 11/29/03.
dCommittee report detailing verbal statements made during meeting: G/L/664; meeting dated 11/26/03.
GAO-05-209R U.S.-China Trade
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