Process of China’s WTO Accession: A Questionable Integration

  • Jianyong Yue
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


It took China 15 years to join the WTO—from 1986 until 2001—the period that witnessed the flourishing of hyperglobalization. Its membership stands for the country’s full integration into the international system of global capitalism. Joining the WTO at all costs was a momentous decision made by China’s top leadership at the turn of the millennium. China made extensive commitments on market access during the accession talks. Its humiliating economic diplomacy and reckless quest for membership on harsh “anti-developmental” terms raise a series of doubts about the rationale of the accession.


WTO Hyperglobalization International system of global capitalism Momentous decision Anti-developmental 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jianyong Yue
    • 1
  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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