Mr. Moore congratulated Chinese Trade Minister Shi Guangsheng, EU
Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy and their respective negotiating teams
for bringing China a significant step closer to membership in the WTO.
EU-China accord is another step towards China's membership in our
organization. This together with the US-China agreement reached
earlier in the month has given China's bid for membership new
momentum. I remain hopeful that a decision can be taken on China's
membership at our Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar this
November,” Mr. Moore said.
Director-General again urged all governments participating in the
Working Party on China's accession to make every effort to resolve
outstanding matters when the they meet in Geneva from 28 June to 4
said it was important that the key players work quickly to translate
negotiating progress into multilaterally viable texts and other
related data for the information and approval of WTO members. The
meeting next week provides an opportunity for just such progress, he