China’s Turn to be Bad Guy in the Doha Round

In a couple of posts, I highlighted the vilification of India’s position in the recent Doha Round talks. The Wall Street Journal (July 29, page A9) now adds China to the villains.

“China abandoned its longstanding place on the sidelines of multilateral trade talks…”

China doesn’t get beaten up on as much as India did, and its robust responses are reported quite straightforwardly. But US diplomats are reported as being “shocked” and other developing economies (only a Paraguayan is quoted) are said to have “lashed out at China.”

A trade lawyer is quoted, however, saying that the Chinese position is the “kind of language [that] is part of a trade negotiator’s tool box.”

I do think the Indian negotiators could learn something from the Chinese.