WTO tells China to take on more governance work

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Trade Organization’s leader, Pascal Lamy, told a Chinese group in Beijing Sunday 24 March that China “A harmonious society in China will be difficult to achieve without a more harmonious world. China has to become an agent of convergence in global issues.” Lamy was addressing the China Development Forum.

“China’s economic take-off benefited from a stable external environment. Its sustainability depends on a well-functioning global trading system. As a key stakeholder, China should take a more proactive role in international economic governance,” Lamy argued, saying that China should play a stronger role in the Doha Round meeting of the WTO in Bali in December 2013.

Text of Lamy’s speech