Hastings Business Law Journal


Angela Wang


Since its admission to the WTO in 2001, China has been in the process of complying with the commitments required by its accession agreement. This article addresses the following question: "As China and other developing countries come to play a more prominent role in today's global economy, will western industrialized countries adapt to this change or will they use the WTO to suppress China's ascension to power?" This article makes three different claims regarding the existing tension in the WTO between China and developed democratic countries like the United States. The arguments are as follow: 1) China's legal system is founded upon very different principles and historical traditions than those of the U.S.'s; 2) the different legal systems have led to different interpretations of China's obligations under the WTO; and 3) developing countries are unfairly repressed by developed countries within the WTO.