China agrees to ‘intensive’ WTO talks on fisheries

Updated July 22, 2020

The WTO’s 164 members are set to start “continuous negotiations” in September based on a draft text with a view to getting a deal by December. One source said four week-long negotiating rounds were planned with all parties and other talks on the sidelines.

Historically, China has resisted pressure to accept restrictions and curb the size and range of its vast fleet, so the success of a deal is widely seen to rest on the willingness of China to take part in the talks and adhere to their outcome.

China, the European Union, the United States, South Korea and Japan are the top five subsidisers – with Beijing and Washington at odds over details over this issue, as well as their myriad other areas of friction.

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