Nation’s efforts help drive global growth

Containers are unloaded at Qingdao Port in Shandong Province. [Photo by Yu Fangping/For China Daily]

China’s efforts to expand high-level opening-up and deep involvement in shaping multilateral rules for trade in services will support global economic growth and enrich its dual-circulation development paradigm, experts said.

The “dual circulation” refers to China’s new development pattern in which the domestic market is the mainstay and the domestic and foreign markets are mutually reinforcing.

While actively adhering to bilateral and regional trade agreements in the area of ​​trade in services, China should present its needs as part of its economic transformation to further integrate into global trade and become an active participant in shaping rules, said Zhang Fei, vice president of the Hainan-based China Institute for Reform and Development.

“In such circumstances, it is vital to support the roles of the World Trade Organization, the G20 and other multilateral agreements. These measures will help promote the multilateral trading system and digital trade rules around the world,” did he declare.

Trade in services, as defined by the WTO, covers major sectors including commerce, communications, construction and related engineering, finance, entertainment, culture, sports, tourism, education and the environment.

Driven by fast-growing trade sectors, such as knowledge-intensive services and foreign culture trade, the total value of China’s services trade jumped 20.4% year-on-year to 3, 94 trillion yuan ($543.33 billion) in the first eight months of this year, Commerce Ministry data shows.

As China is committed to advancing the optimization and upgrading of service trade, there is a need for innovation in service trade development mechanism and development of digital trade, said Wang Jiaqiang, senior researcher. at the Bank of China Research Institute.

As part of efforts to promote industrial digitalization and other digital-related enterprises, China advances process of joining Digital Economy Partnership Agreement and strengthens international cooperation on digital economy .

Given China’s more open huge market, strong industrial system and improved business environment, more global companies will add investment in the world’s second-largest economy, Wang added.

Daniel Gros, board member of the Center for European Policy Studies and also an adviser to the European Parliament, said trade in services will be the future development trend of globalization, China’s opening up will continue to strengthen the country’s growth in this area and attract more foreign capital.

Foreign capital spent in China reached more than 1 trillion yuan between January and September 2022, up 15.6 percent year on year, the Ministry of Commerce said.

To remove global trade barriers, Masakazu Toyoda, chairman and CEO of the Japan Economic Foundation in Tokyo, said that China is an important contributor to the multilateral trading system with the WTO at its heart, and will make more open, inclusive and balanced economic globalization. and beneficial for all.

“As long as all WTO members show their determination to work together to overcome difficulties, the organization will play a greater role in improving global economic governance, promoting economic globalization as well as prosperity and global economic stability,” he said.

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