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Chinese Natural Resources Disputes: A Never-Ending Story?

  • Ilaria EspaEmail author
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Part of the European Yearbook of International Economic Law book series

Abstract

This article aims at explaining China’s vulnerability to WTO raw materials disputes. After considering the peculiar features of China’s regime of mineral export restraints (namely, its pervasiveness and the magnitude of its economic effects due to China’s dominant position in the international markets), it focuses on the scope and reach of China’s WTO obligations on the export side, as interpreted in the two recent cases China – Raw Materials and China – Rare Earths. It discusses their implications with respect to China’s policy space to maintain export restrictions for sustainable economic development needs provides some general conclusions on the likelihood of new WTO disputes on (mineral) export restraints involving China.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università della Svizzera italianaLuganoSwitzerland
  2. 2.World Trade Institute, University of BernBernSwitzerland

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