June 19,2000

Roth, Moynihan Ask GAO To Monitor China's WTO Compliance

WASHINGTON -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman William V. Roth, Jr. and Ranking Member Daniel Patrick Moynihan today sent a letter to Comptroller General David Walker, requesting that the General Accounting Office (GAO) monitor China's fulfillment of its WTO obligations.

"We believe that it is vitally important that the United States take all necessary steps to ensure that China is fulfilling the commitments that it made to the United States and other WTO members as part of its accession. The Administration has pledged to undertake special efforts to monitor and enforce China's compliance. We believe that it is also extremely important for Congress to conduct its own review of China's compliance with its WTO obligations," Roth and Moynihan stated in the letter.

The request asks for a report within ten months after China's accession to

review whether China has implemented its WTO obligations at the time of its

entry to the WTO, followed by an ongoing and systematic annual assessment of

how China's actual implementation compares with its commitments.

A copy of the letter is attached.