Trading and distribution rights were major issues in the negotiation of China’s entry to the World Trade Organisation, a process which took 14 years before concluding in late 2001. Trading rights, i.e. the right to import and export goods, had historically been mainly restricted to a small number of largely sector-specific state-owned monopoly trading enterprises. Trading rights were modestly liberalised in the years preceding China’s entry, but generally remained tightly restricted.
Antitrust and Trade Regulation
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Lester Ross and Kenneth Zhou, "Trading and Distribution in China" (April 2005). Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Antitrust Series. Working Paper 60.