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WT/DS372 - China - Measures Affecting Financial Information Services and Foreign Financial Information Suppliers

WTO dispute settlement case - Launched by the EU

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  • China
  • United States
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  • Dispute settlement
  • WTO - Case launched by the EU

Summary of the case

  • Complaint by: EU, United States
  • Complaint against: China
  • Third parties: No third party

China requires foreign financial information suppliers to operate through a government-designated agent. the only designated agent so far belongs to Xinhua News Agency, the State News Agency, which is also in charge of regulating the sector and, in addition, operates a commercial financial information supplier in competition with foreign providers. Moreover, China does not allow foreign suppliers to set up a commercial presence other than in the form of very limited representative offices.

Relevant WTO provision: Articles XVI and XVII GATS; Standstill in China's GATS schedule; commitment to regulatory independance in China's Accession Protocol; Article 39.2 TRIPS.


DSU consultations were held on 22-23 April 2008. the commission is exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement before taking any further partner steps in the DSU context.

  • Consultations requested: 03 March 2008


Full case details and WTO documents on the WTO website

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