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Summary of issues by theme Raised by Raised by China's response
United other WTO
regulatory authorities would be separated
from, and not accountable, to any service
suppliers they regulated, except for courier
and railway transportation services." (Verbalg)
Provision in the draft amendments that Verbalg
required express delivery companies to
pay 4 percent of their revenues into a
universal service fund.
Relevant text on entrustment EC - Writtenb The issue of an entrustment requirement for
procedures. express delivery services had been discussed
Step-by-step procedure to get EC - Writtenb at the previous review. In the past calendar
entrustment. year, 167 qualified international freight
One-time only or repeated action of EC - Writtenb forwarding enterprises and 362 branches had
entrustment; duration of the obtained entrustment and had been operating
entrustment. quite well in China. China would assure the
Centralization or fulfillment at Sub-State EC - Writtenb same procedure of entrustment for
level of entrustment procedure. international courier agencies as for Chinese
Obligations imposed on the entrusted EC - Writtenb operators. (Verbalg)
Number of operators applying for and EC - Writtenb
number of operators obtaining
Submission of Chinese operators to the EC - Writtenb
same entrustment procedure as foreign
Relevant text defining regulator of EC - Writtenb
express delivery services and its
Extent to which Central Post Office, EC - Writtenb
local post offices, MOFTEC, Ministry of
Information Industry (MII) are granted
regulatory powers over express delivery
operators; power and conditions to
conduct on-site inspections in facilities
owned by express delivery operators.
Definition of scope of postal monopoly. EC -
Definition of scope of universal service. EC -
Independence of the regulator from EC -
Information about current postal reform. EC - Writtenb
Explanation of China's plans to Written,a China had separated the regulatory body from
establish an independent regulator in Verbalg the operational business by establishing the
the telecommunications sector. MII in 1998. The MII had given up all its
management functions to China Telecom. MII
could regulate in an impartial, fair and
transparent manner and acted as an
independent regulator. MII had always
followed the principle of transparency and
impartiality in order to promote the orderly
development of China's telecom industry.
GAO-05-209R U.S.-China Trade
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United States. Government Accountability Office. U.S.-China Trade: Summary of 2003 World Trade Organization Transitional Review Mechanism for China, text, January 25, 2005; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc301428/m1/70/: accessed May 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.