September 30, 1999
News Release 99-131
Inv. No. 332-403

ITC ISSUES DECLASSIFIED VERSION OF REPORT CONCERNING
CHINA'S ACCESSION TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today issued a public version of its general factfinding report Assessment of the Economic Effects on the United States of China's Accession to the WTO.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, completed the report for the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The USTR requested that the ITC analyze the economic effects on the United States of the possible reduction and elimination of China's tariff and non-tariff measures that might result from China's possible accession to the WTO, as well as China's compliance with WTO rules and standards.

As requested by the USTR, the report was submitted as a confidential report; however, on September 1, 1999, the USTR advised the ITC that it had declassified the executive summary of the report and requested that the ITC issue that portion of the report to the public. The ITC received declassification instructions for the full report from the USTR on September 17, 1999. The report being issued today includes both the already-released executive summary and the portions of the report now declassified by the USTR.

Assessment of the Economic Effects on the United States of China's Accession to the WTO (Inv. No. 332-403, USITC Publication 3229, September 1999) will be posted on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov. A printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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