Did China cause the Doha stalemate?

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Alex Gadzala says that China played a role in the special safeguard mechanism stalemate that ended last week’s negotiations in Geneva. If China was really India’s co-equal in balking at the Quad’s position on SSM, as the IHT portrayed it, then the emerging power terribly disappointed those, like Fred Bergsten, who called for China to be an active participant in the round rather than playing a passive part. The fear was that China, having undergone significant liberalization and enjoying significant payoff from its 2001 accession, would have little impetus to push for further liberalization at the Doha round. Now, it seems, China has become an engaged stakeholder, but not as Bergsten & co. had hoped.

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