The Political Economy of WTO Implementation and China’s Approach to Litigation in the WTO

The Political Economy of WTO Implementation and China’s Approach to Litigation in the WTO

Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu and Zhang Qi

The concept of compliance of World Trade Organization law as part of international economic law is examined in this discerning book. The issue of compliance is examined through a broad perspective, considering the key conceptual issues which continue to dominate debate around contemporary world trade rule-making. In view of China's in shaping the political economy of the world trading system, this book places discussion within context of Chinese Confucian values

Chapter 8: Chinese Confucianism and compliance

Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu and Zhang Qi

Subjects: asian studies, asian law, law - academic, asian law, international economic law, trade law


Ann Kent has argued that by virtue of its history, cultural traditions and power, China’s compliance was in doubt as it historically considered itself to be the Middle Kingdom unconstrained by international society. It has lacked a rule of law tradition and it is powerful enough to ignore its international obligations. The question is: does China, with its brand of Confucianism, have a bad reputation for non-compliance or not?

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