Germany to back China's entry into WTO

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at
Tue Nov 2 06:56:11 PST 1999

> 2 November 1999 : Germany to back China's entry into WTO
> Germany to back China's entry into WTO
> Beijing: Germany is likely to back China's early accession to the World
> Trade Organisation (WTO) and membership to the Group of Eight (G-8) as
> of an effort to cement Sino-German relations in the 21st century,
> sources said here on Monday.
> German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who is arriving in China on Tuesday
> a four-day official visit, is scheduled to meet Chinese President Jiang
> Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji and is expected to press the Chinese
> to grant greater market access to German firms in China.
> The sources said two other members of the G-8, France and Russia, have
> expressed support for China's membership in the exclusive club which
> consists of seven industrialised countries.
> Schroeder, who had curtailed his first visit to China after the NATO
> the Chinese embassy in Belgrade May last, is reportedly bringing some top
> industrialists and businessmen with him this time.
> Commenting on Schroeder's visit, Germany's Ambassador to China
> Hans-Christian Ubershaeer, said Germany and China share a wide range of
> areas for potential cooperation, which include disarmament,
> non-proliferation and solving regional conflicts.
> As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China plays an important
> role in shaping the world order, and the two countries should seek to
> co-operation in a creative spirit, he told the Xinhua News Agency.
> He said Germany hoped that China will enter the global trading system at
> early date. (PTI)
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