U.S. Requirements Violate WTO Principles, says China

Beijing -The pressures of the United States on the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the status of developing countries, violate the principles on which that agency stands today, denounced China.

According to the spokesman for the Beijing Ministry of Commerce, Gao Feng, Washington's demands towards that institution lack strong arguments and are not in line with the facts or the spirit of the WTO.

China recently criticized the statements of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, after threatening to denounce and demand reforms on the classification of some WTO member nations, claiming that they benefit unfairly.

Last week, the White House published a memorandum, signed by Trump, which states that the WTO uses an 'obsolete dichotomy between developed and developing countries that has allowed some members to obtain unfair advantages.'

According to the spokesman for the Chinese trade portfolio, the responsibility of knowing which country should be included in that category and under what standards is the responsibility of the majority of WTO members and not a particular nation.

Although some WTO members have developed rapidly in recent years, the gap with the so-called first world states still exists and even tends to increase, Gao said.

'China is the largest developing country in the world and it will still take a long time to reach other powers in many respects,' he added and defended the 'special and differential treatment' that the lagging nations need to make progress.

We urge the US authorities to abandon the wrong practices of unilateralism and intimidation and work with other WTO members to promote a reform of that entity, but in a positive direction and in which everyone can win.

China defends its aforementioned status before the WTO, because it ensures that despite being the second largest economy in the world, income per capita, education and health in the country are indicators still behind those of the nations of the so-called first world.

The title of developing country within the WTO allows, among other aspects, for countries to postpone the application of some agreements or to protect certain sectors of their economy.

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