Formal working parties to be held for China (13 September) and Chinese
Taipei (14 September) are expected to complete remaining work on the
two accessions and recommend approval of the two bids to Ministers
meeting at the 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar in November.
Should Ministers at Doha approve the recommendations, as they are
expected to do, China and Chinese Taipei would begin domestic
ratification procedures for the accession. Following ratification, the
Director-General's office is notified that those procedures have been
completed and 30 days after this notification, China and Chinese
Taipei would become members of the organization.
are very, very close to an historic moment,” Mr. Moore said.
“Bringing China and Chinese Taipei into the WTO means making this
organization closer to being a truly World Trade Organization. China
and Chinese Taipei are the world's fifth and ninth largest traders
respectively. Their membership in the rules-based multilateral trading
system will bring greater stability and certainty to the global
economy at a time when such stability is sorely needed. These accessions
also offer the opportunity to use our system of rules and dispute
settlement as an instrument of peace between peoples. I urge all
parties to make every effort to bring resolution to these two