And What About the Chinese Banks?
While we’re on the subject of China and trade policy, I wonder why more attention hasn’t been paid to China’s failure to live up to all of the commitments it made when it was admitted to the WTO back in 2001? As I calculate things China has yet to meet the obligations it made in freight, telecommunications, and, notably, banking, among others. All of these reforms were to have been completed by the end of 2006.
As I understand it China was to have introduced substantial transparency into its banking system, to have removed all barriers to foreign ownership in its banks, and actually to have a certain level of foreign ownership of its banks, all of which it has failed to meet. Instead China has retained limits on the foreign ownership of its banks and restricted foreign ownership to its least profitable areas.
If the intent of the recent tariffs on Chinese imports were to improve the U. S. position in trade negotiations with China, you’d think that more of these issues would have been raised publicly than they apparently have.