Trade: Another Gotcha! for China's Trading Hopes?

Another "Gotcha!" for China's Trading Hopes?

There are times when the Chinese like surprises. During fireworks, for example. But not during trade negotiations. Beijing already had one "gotcha" last spring when PRESIDENT CLINTON balked at admitting the nation to the World Trade Organization. Entry to the organization is a huge issue for the Chinese, who hope it would boost their economy and end the fiery annual fight over most-favored-nation status. China's leaders may be in for another surprise. This week Chinese negotiators are due in Washington to reopen WTO talks. A top Chinese diplomat told TIME that Beijing believes accession has been pretty much "agreed upon" by...

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