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the joint efforts made by the Working Party Members, we have concluded
our preparations of the multilateral legal documents on China's
accession to the WTO, which has established the foundation for the
final approval of these documents at the 18th Session so as to
conclude the protracted and painstaking negotiations of the Working
Party on China in the past 14 years and four months. The completion of
these documents marks yet another major and solid step in the process
of China's WTO accession. We are satisfied with the outcome which has
been a joint effort of all of us.
reach agreement on substantive issues has never been an easy task.
Neither is it easy to reflect the results of our negotiations in the
past 15 years. In the review of the Draft Protocol, the Working Party
Report as well as the annexes to the Draft Protocol, members of the
Working Party have taken a conscientious and cooperative approach and
the Secretariat has undertaken large amount of work. I appreciate the
pragmatic and professional spirit of all the parties concerned.
believe, at the final stage of the negotiations, what we need most is
the spirit of cooperation and mutual trust. With regard to the
individual remaining issue, it won't be difficult for us to find
solutions if we could work in line with the commonly recognized WTO
principles and practices. We are fully confident in this regard.
this Session, we will bring back home the agreed documents up to
almost 1,000 pages and will speed up our preparations on the
implementation of the commitments therein. We would like to reiterate
again that China will honor its commitments, since they are consistent
with the results of our negotiations, consistent with the principles
and sprits of the multilateral trading system and consistent with the
need of China's reform and opening-up.
Chinese delegation is now working closely with the Secretariat for the
preparation of the draft goods and services schedules, which would be
distributed by the end of this month. I hope that the Working Party
members could make full use their time in the coming August to verify
are looking forward to working with all of you at the 18th Session in
September in a bid to finally accomplish the work to which we have
devoted ourselves throughout these years.