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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Says It Fills WTO Standards

WASHINGTON -- China's ambassador to Washington insisted Thursday his government had already "done enough" to join the World Trade Organization and urged the United States to clear the way for Beijing's accession.

Ambassador Li Zhao Xing did not rule out a resumption of WTO talks with the Clinton administration either before or during the September meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum, or APEC, in New Zealand.

U.S. President Bill Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin were expected to meet during the APEC leaders' summit from Sept. 12 to 13.

"All options are open," Li told reporters when asked if the trade talks would resume at APEC.

But he insisted that China had "already qualified" for WTO accession, and urged the United States "not [to] further raise the threshold for China's entry. ... China's a developing country. China has done enough."

China put the WTO talks on hold in May after NATO bombs hit its embassy in Belgrade, killing three Chinese citizens. China has rebuffed as "unconvincing" U.S. efforts to explain the mistake. The United States said the bombing was the result of bad intelligence.