Serial No. 106-102: China, The WTO, and Human Rights: Hearing before the Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, December 8, 1999   [open pdf - 3MB]

On December 8, 1999, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on International Operations of the Committee on International Relations convenes to discuss and hear testimony regarding China, The WTO, and Human Rights. Testifying are Lori Wallach of Global Trade Watch, Stephen Rickard of Amnesty International USA, Charles Wowkanech of New Jersey State AFL-CIO, Harry Wu of the Laogai Research Foundation, and Mary Beth Barky of the International Campaign for Tibet. Chairman Christopher Smith explains that "the question before this Subcommittee and the Congress is whether...bringing the PRC into a permanent and more privileged trading relationship with the United States and other WTO members will make it act more humanely toward its own people." He is highly skeptical of Chinese transparency and dedication to human rights. Congressman Rohrabacher from California suggests that if America lets China join the WTO, "we will have people who hate everything that the United States stands for". Lori Wallach testifies that "the bottom-line reality of Chinese accession to WTO is there is simply no requirement that the U.S. Congress grant permanent most-favored-nation status to China either as a condition for China entering WTO or, if China has entered WTO, as a condition for the U.S. obtaining the potential reciprocal benefits of that agreement." Stephen Rickard speaks to China's abominable record on human rights. Charles Wowkanech's testimony argues against loosened trade agreements with China. Harry We testifies to Chinese crackdowns on the Falun Gong. Mary Beth Markey submits testimony regarding negative Chinese policy in Tibet.

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