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China's 15th WTO Anniversary: Assessing the Record and Charting the Path Forward

December 12, 2016 • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

9:00-9:45 Opening Address

Charlene Barshefsky
Senior International Partner, WilmerHale; and Former U.S. Trade Representative

9:45-11:10 Panel Discussion: Chinese Participation in the WTO: Contributions and Challenges

Rufus Yerxa
President, National Foreign Trade Council

Claire Reade
Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter; and Senior Associate, CSIS

Yang Guohua
Professor of Law, Tsinghua University

Matthew Yeo
Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

Chad P. Bown
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

11:15-12:00 Keynote Address

Yi Xiaozhun
Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization


Scott Kennedy
Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies; and Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, CSIS

Wendy Cutler
Vice President and Managing Director, Washington Office, Asia Society Policy Institute

The 15th anniversary of China’s WTO entry marks a milestone in China’s engagement with the global economy. The WTO provides the best example of China's shift from being a ruletaker to a rulemaker. The speakers and panelists will use this occasion to assess the accomplishments and challenges of China’s WTO membership, analyze how China’s trading partners and the WTO itself have adapted to China’s growing involvement, and consider the possible future paths of the WTO and the multilateral trading system. 

                                                  This event is hosted by

                         This event is made possible with the generous support of
Scott Kennedy
Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics