Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning China's Compliance With WTO Commitments

Published date17 August 2023
Record Number2023-17633
CourtTrade Representative Office Of The United States
Federal Register, Volume 88 Issue 158 (Thursday, August 17, 2023)
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 158 (Thursday, August 17, 2023)]
                [Pages 56117-56118]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2023-17633]
                [Docket Number USTR-2023-0008]
                Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning
                China's Compliance With WTO Commitments
                AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.
                ACTION: Request for comments and notice of public hearing.
                SUMMARY: The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking
                public comment to assist the Office of the United States Trade
                Representative (USTR) in the preparation of its annual report to
                Congress on China's compliance with its obligations as a Member of the
                World Trade Organization (WTO). This notice includes the schedule for
                the submission of comments to the TPSC for the China report and a
                public hearing.
                 September 20, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EDT: Deadline for submission of
                written comments, requests to testify, and summaries of written
                 October 4, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. EDT: The TPSC will convene a public
                hearing to receive oral testimony.
                ADDRESSES: USTR strongly prefers electronic submissions made through
                the Federal eRulemaking Portal:
                ( Follow the instructions for submitting written
                comments and testimony and requests to testify in sections III and IV
                below, using Docket Number USTR-2023-0008. For alternatives to on-line
                submissions, please contact Alex Martin, Deputy Director for China
                Affairs, in advance of the relevant deadline at
                [email protected] or (202) 395-9625.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alex Martin, Deputy Director for China
                Affairs at [email protected] or (202) 395-9625.
                I. Background
                 China became a Member of the WTO on December 11, 2001. In
                accordance with section 421 of the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000
                (Pub. L. 106-286), USTR is required to submit, on or about December 11
                of each year, a report to Congress on China's compliance with
                commitments made in connection with its accession to the WTO, including
                both multilateral commitments and any bilateral commitments made to the
                United States. In accordance with section 421, and to assist it in
                preparing this year's report, the TPSC is soliciting public comments.
                You can find last year's report on USTR's website at's%20WTO%20Compliance%2
                 The terms of China's accession to the WTO are contained in the
                Protocol on the Accession of the People's Republic of China (including
                its annexes) (Protocol), the Report of the Working Party on the
                Accession of China (Working Party Report), and the WTO agreements. You
                can find the Protocol and Working Party Report on the WTO website at
       (document symbols: WT/L/432, WT/MIN(01)/3,
                WT/MIN(01)/3/Add.1, WT/MIN(01)/3/Add.2).
                II. Hearing Participation
                 USTR will convene a public hearing on October 4, 2023, related to
                China's compliance with its WTO commitments. Persons wishing to observe
                the public hearing will find a link on USTR's web page for China on the
                day of the hearing at To ensure participation, you must submit requests to
                present oral testimony at the hearing and written testimony by midnight
                on September 20, 2023, via, using Docket Number USTR-
                2023-0008. Instructions for submission are in sections III and IV
                below. Remarks at the hearing will be limited to no more than five
                minutes to allow for possible questions from the TPSC. Because it is a
                public hearing, testimony should not include any business confidential
                information (BCI). USTR will provide a link in advance of the virtual
                hearing to persons wishing to testify.
                 The TPSC requests small businesses or organizations representing
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                business members that submit comments to self-identify as such, so that
                we may be aware of issues of particular interest to small businesses.
                 Written comments and/or oral testimony should address China's
                compliance with the commitments made in connection with its accession
                to the WTO, including, but not limited to, commitments in the following
                 A. Trading rights.
                 B. Import regulation (e.g., tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, quotas,
                import licenses).
                 C. Export regulation.
                 D. Internal policies affecting trade (e.g., subsidies, standards
                and technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary measures,
                government procurement, trade-related investment measures, taxes and
                charges levied on imports and exports).
                 E. Intellectual property rights (including intellectual property
                rights enforcement).
                 F. Services.
                 G. Rule of law issues (e.g., transparency, judicial review, uniform
                administration of laws and regulations) and status of legal reform.
                 H. Other WTO commitments.
                 In addition, given the United States' view that China should be
                held accountable as a full participant in, and beneficiary of, the
                international trading system, USTR requests that interested persons
                specifically identify unresolved compliance issues that warrant review
                and evaluation by USTR.
                III. Procedures for Written Submissions
                 To be assured of consideration, submit your written comments,
                requests to testify, and summaries of written testimony by the
                September 20, 2023 11:59 p.m. EDT deadline. All submissions must be in
                English. The TPSC strongly encourages submissions via,
                using Docket Number USTR-2023-0008.
                 To make a submission via, enter Docket Number USTR-
                2023-0008 in the `search for' field on the home page and click
                `search.' The site will provide a search results page listing all
                documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice
                by selecting `notice' under `document type' in the `refine documents
                results' section on the left side of the screen and click on the link
                entitled `comment.' allows users to make submissions by
                filling in a `type comment' field, or by attaching a document using the
                `upload file' field. USTR prefers that you provide submissions in an
                attached document and, in such cases, that you write `see attached' in
                the `type comment' field. USTR prefers submissions in Microsoft Word
                (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). If you use an application other than
                those two, please indicate the name of the application in the `type
                comment' field.
                 At the beginning of your submission or on the first page (if an
                attachment), include the following text: (1) 2023 China WTO Compliance
                Report; (2) your organization's name; and (3) whether the submission is
                a written comment, request to testify, or summary of written testimony.
                Submissions should not exceed 30 single-spaced, standard letter-size
                pages in 12-point type, including attachments. Please do not attach
                separate cover letters, exhibits, annexes, or other attachments to
                electronic submissions; rather, include any in the same file as the
                submission itself, not as separate files. You will receive a tracking
                number upon completion of the submission procedure at
                The tracking number is confirmation that received your
                submission. Keep the confirmation for your records. USTR is not able to
                provide technical assistance for
                 For further information on using, please consult
                the resources provided on the website by clicking on `How to Use
      ' on the bottom of the home page. USTR may not consider
                submissions that you do not make in accordance with these instructions.
                 If you are unable to provide submissions as requested, please
                contact Alex Martin, Deputy Director for China Affairs, in advance of
                the deadline at [email protected] or (202) 395-9625, to
                arrange for an alternative method of transmission. USTR will not accept
                hand-delivered submissions. General information concerning USTR is
                available at
                IV. Business Confidential Information (BCI) Submissions
                 If you ask USTR to treat information you submit as BCI, you must
                certify that the information is business confidential and you would not
                customarily release it to the public. For any comments submitted
                electronically containing BCI, the file name of the business
                confidential version should begin with the characters `BCI.' You must
                clearly mark any page containing BCI with `BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL' at
                the top of that page. Filers of submissions containing BCI also must
                submit a public version of their submission that will be placed in the
                docket for public inspection. The file name of the public version
                should begin with the character `P.'
                V. Public Viewing of Review Submissions
                 USTR will post written submissions in the docket for public
                inspection, except properly designated BCI. You can view submissions at
       by entering Docket Number USTR-2023-0008 in the search
                field on the home page.
                William Shpiece,
                Chair of the Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States
                Trade Representative.
                [FR Doc. 2023-17633 Filed 8-16-23; 8:45 am]
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