The first half of this course will review general international trade subjects. These subjects will include, for example, trade economics, the history of the World Trade Organization (WTO) system, the WTO accession and dispute rules, the major WTO Agreements and dispute cases, and the representative features of the approximately 200 regional trade agreements that are in effect today. This part of the course will highlight the many trade issues between the U.S. and China, including the U.S.' enormous trade deficit with China, the thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs that have been outsourced to China, the U.S.' refusal to sell military items to China, U.S. safety concerns regarding products manufactured in China, the U.S.' imposition of special tariffs on numerous Chinese imports, China's pre-importation review of U.S. media products and services, and the pervasive infringement in China of U.S. intellectual property holders' rights. The second half of the course will focus on the subject of Doha Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and the most pressing issue in the international trade arena today: How can the WTO rules be revised so that they both accurately reflect International trade patterns in the 21st century and are fair for the developing countries so that these countries' economies can develop? China's huge market renders it an important member of the WTO in any case. However, China necessarily will play a crucial role in answering the above question, as it serves as the unofficial leader of the developing countries in the WTO. In China today, there is much debate and excitement among government officials, business people, and academics regarding how China can utilize its leadership role in the WTO to benefit both China as well as all of the many developing countries in the WTO. This course will build on this enthusiasm and contribute to this debate. A Chinese trade expert and former employee in China's Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (now incorporated in China's new Ministry of Commerce) will be a guest speaker in the class. In addition, the class will spend an afternoon visiting the Hangzhou factory of a San Diego company founded by two Chinese nationals from Zhejiang Province. This plant visit will enable the students to witness international trade in action within a context to which they can relate.
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