BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government has criticized U.S. opposition to granting Beijing market economy status in the World Trade Organization as reminiscent of the Cold War.
A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, on Friday called on China's trading partners to follow through on what Beijing says was a commitment to grant its state-dominated economy market status as part of its WTO accession.
A U.S. document released this week supports the European Union in opposing granting China market status in the WTO. Such status would make it harder to win anti-dumping cases against Beijing.
Geng said "non-market economy" status doesn't exist in WTO rules. He said, "it is just reminiscent of the domestic laws of certain WTO members in the Cold War era."