China's Plea For Status Change To Fall On Deaf Ears

Law360, New York (October 2, 2009, 2:54 PM EDT) -- China is by far the largest and most important U.S. trading partner to be designated a nonmarket economy by the U.S. Department of Commerce, but despite pleas from Chinese officials that the U.S. reconsider that designation, lawyers say China is likely to remain a nonmarket economy in American eyes for quite some time.

Under the terms of its accession to the World Trade Organization, all countries will have to treat China as a market economy in 2016. In the U.S., changing China's designation before then would...
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