The Jerusalem Post Publishes Ambassador Zhan Yongxin's Article Entitled"China supports WTO reforms"
（From Chinese Embassy in Israel）
On November 29th, 2018, the Jerusalem Post, Israel's largest-circulation English newspaper, published Ambassador Zhan Yongxin's article entitled "China supports WTO reforms". The full text is as follows:
Since China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, it has made continuous efforts to further align its policies with multilateral trade rules in all areas, honored its commitments on opening trade in goods and services, and strengthened intellectual property rights (IPR) protection. For example, by 2010, China had fulfilled all of its tariff reduction commitments, reducing the average tariff level from 15.3 percent in 2001 to 9.8 percent. China has contributed significantly to not only the effective operation of the multilateral trading system, but also the stable world economic recovery and growth.
However, the multilateral trading system is now challenged by unilateralism and trade protectionism. WTO is threatened by three factors: the dispute settlement regime is at risk of paralysis by obstruction from certain members and the vacancy of its appellate body members is still not filled; certain members raising tariffs by abusing the security exception clause; and some members taking unilateral approaches in disregard of the WTO's multilateral rules.
Against such backdrop, China does believe WTO needs necessary reforms. Last week, the Chinese Government issued China's Position Paper on WTO Reform, put forward three basic principles and five suggestions concerning such reforms.
WTO reform should follow three basic principles. The reform shall preserve the core values of the multilateral trading system including non-discrimination and openness. The reform shall safeguard the development interests of developing members. The reform shall follow the practice of decision-making by consensus. The decision making process shall be inclusive and open to all members, especially the developing ones. The reform cannot be dictated by a few, nor decided by an exclusive small group of members.