Tuesday, 26 June 2007

China's Anti-dumping System turns 10

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the anti-dumping system in China, the MOFCOM held a conference on the Law and Practice of Anti-dumping System in China from the 25th to 26th of June. At the conference, Vice-Minister Gao Hucheng noted that Chinese firms have become more willing to use international rules to protect their own interests, while the Chinese investigating authorities have greatly improved their ability to apply anti-dumping measures and participate in making international rules. As a result, China has initiated 48 investigations and adopted anti-dumping measures in 35 cases. Indeed, according to the statistics from the WTO, China has become one of the major users of anti-dumping measures.

Notwithstanding its achievements, China's anti-dumping system still suffers from some major problems. In the article "Procedural Issues in the Anti-Dumping Regulations of China: A Critical Review Under the WTO Rules", I analyzed some of these problems. You can find the article here.

The Mighty Pen, the Almighty Dollar, and the Holy Hammer and Sickle

On April 10, 2007, the United States took the unprecedented move by filing two complaints against China in the WTO. While there have been a lot of discussions on the first complaint, i.e., the case on measures affecting the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, the second compliant has received little attention. In my view, the second complaint is more interesting as it illustrates the tension between trade liberalization and open economy on the one side, and political censorship and ideological control on the other side, which is the defining feature of the Chinese society today.

I will be presenting my latest paper on this case at the International Conference on"Culture Diversity under International Trade Regime: Policy and Practices", which will be held at the National Taiwan University in Taipei this Wednesday and Thursday. You can find more details about the conference here.

Monday, 18 June 2007

Another Top Ten on the SSRN

Another of my paper made Top Ten on the SSRN. This is "Procedural Issues in the Anti-Dumping Regulations of China: A Critical Review Under the WTO Rules", which was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for "Asian Law". It is a paper that I co-authored with Dr. Won-Mong Choi from Korea. The paper is available here.

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Another Top Ten in the SSRN: China's Participation in the WTO: A Lawyer's Perspective

Another good news: In addition to being listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for "Emerging Markets: Economics", my paper "China's Participation in the WTO: A Lawyer's Perspective" also made into the Top Ten Papers for "International Law & Trade Journals" for the period of April 6, 2007 to June 5, 2007. My paper is also one of the only two in the Top Ten dealing with the traditional trade (WTO) issues, with the others mostly on tax and IP topics.

Thanks for the interests from all of you. For those of you who wants to know more about the paper, it is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=958877. More details on the ranking can be found here.

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Welcome to the Castle!

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The Dacre Room

This is the Dacre Room, where my classes on the WTO are held. It used to be the chapel for the Castle.
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Another view of the castle from the courtyard

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