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United States Challenges China’s Price Support and Market Access

Experts present research at 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has rules for measurement of market price support and administration of import access. China’s price support for wheat, rice, and corn skyrocketed after 2011, while imports have remained below China’s commitments. In a dispute, U.S. Chief Agriculture Negotiator Ambassador Gregg Doud calls the largest agricultural case brought to the WTO, the United States is challenging China’s prices support during 2012-15 as exceeding its limits by nearly $100 billion per year for the three grains. It is also challenging China’s administration of low-tariff imports.

In a Selected Presentation Paper Session at the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting, four authors will explore the impact of Chinese price support and trade policy on access to its market, the effect of foreign regulatory measures on Chinese exporters, and China’s border trade with Myanmar. The session “International Trade – Agricultural Trade and China” will take place on Tuesday, August 7 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm in Park Tower 8219 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

One author, Professor David Orden from Virginia Tech, says “this session offers an opportunity to understand the legal and economic issues over China’s recent high levels of price support in advance of the panel ruling, and the policy and political responses that will arise when the panel issues its report.”

Another author, Bowen Chen from Kansas State University, mentions “the major food exporters such as the U.S. could largely benefit from the ongoing agricultural liberalization in China” including better administration of its import access.

Zhongmin Xie from Renmin University of China, and author of another presentation in this session says “Although Chinese exporters face a lot of regulatory measures, they can have beneficial effects by motivating these exporters to make technical progress and create better and safer products.”

Over 1600 participants are expected to attend the 2018 AAEA Annual Meeting, taking place August 5-7.

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