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China's Regulatory StateA New Strategy for Globalization$
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Roselyn Hsueh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449956

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449956.001.0001

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Sector Associations and Locally Led Reregulation of Textiles in the WTO Era

Sector Associations and Locally Led Reregulation of Textiles in the WTO Era

(p.156) 7 Sector Associations and Locally Led Reregulation of Textiles in the WTO Era
China's Regulatory State

Roselyn Hsueh

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines China's regulation of the textile industry in the WTO era. Decentralized engagement characterized the overall pattern of state control in the WTO era but the extent and nature of reregulation varied across textile subsectors according to a strategic value logic and China-specific and structural sectoral characteristics. Garment and woven fabric manufacturers, which were not critical for national security or technological advancement, faced few regulatory entry barriers and operated in liberal markets. Industrial and technical textiles, on the other hand, faced a different institutional environment. Although few sector-specific rules persisted, related central ministries collaborated with local governments and companies to promote domestic industry and soften the impact of global oil and resource prices. To control what the state considered as strategic raw materials and high-tech inputs, the newly consolidated trade bureaucracy imposed nontariff barriers despite meeting WTO commitments.

Keywords:   state control, decentralized engagement, textile industry, industry regulation, deregulation, liberalization, WTO accession, World Trade Organization

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