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A Feel-Good Agreement?

The deal for China to enter the WTO won't be worth much without enforcement

Nov 29, 1999, Vol. 5, No. 11 • By GREG MASTEL
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Perhaps the WTO, the U.S. administration, and the U.S. Congress can work together to create effective enforcement mechanisms that would make China's WTO accession a positive event -- at best, an event that would help bring the rule of law to China and integrate the world's most populous country into the global economy. But this will require a more hard-headed view of China than the Clinton administration has shown.

Greg Mastel is director of the Global Economic Policy Project at the New America Foundation.