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20 years on, WTO hails China's efforts

Nation's accession to the organization beneficial to domestic, foreign players

The 20th anniversary of China's accession to the World Trade Organization marks a significant milestone for the Chinese economy as the nation continues to promote high-level opening-up, and is taking the lead in upholding and helping build multilateral economic and trade rules, officials and experts said during a forum to celebrate the anniversary in Beijing on Thursday.

There is no other country like China that has made such remarkable achievements after accession to the WTO. In the past two decades, China has played an important role in promoting trade liberalization and globalization, and it will continue to do so, Zhang Xiangchen, deputy director-general of the WTO, said via a video link to the forum.

"History has proved that China's decision to join the WTO is right, and there is no reason to abandon the path that has been proved correct by practice. In the past few years, the WTO has been hit by the anti-globalization trend, and it also exposed some systemic defects.

"Yet, at the same time, it proved that the current achievements and core values of the WTO are precious. Its framework of rules provides a fundamental guarantee for international economic and trade cooperation," Zhang said.

In December 2001, China became the 143rd country to join the WTO. Since its accession, the nation has turned into the world's second-largest economy and the biggest trading country. In 2001, China's outbound foreign direct investment stood at $6.9 billion. In 2020, the number hit $153.7 billion, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

Since joining the WTO, China's fiscal and tax authorities have helped boost trade by optimizing policies, systems and services. The tax authority has established cooperation relationships with more than 120 countries and regions.

"China will continue to actively participate in the formulation of international rules and standards in taxation, raise China's right of speech and influence, and help Chinese companies to further their high-quality growth and internationalization," said Wang Daoshu, deputy head of the State Taxation Administration.


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