18 Nov '11, 4pm

US Congressional Panel Tackles China's Great Firewall, Seeking a WTO Intervention:

US Congressional Panel Tackles China's Great Firewall, Seeking a WTO Intervention:

Even though the WTO allows exceptions to its rules for matters of public morals and national security, it also requires that all regulations and restrictions be transparent, provide due process to affected parties, be the least restrictive as possible and apply equally to foreign and domestic players. As of today, China complies with none of these requirements. Furthermore, the WTO has interpreted the public morals and national security exemptions reasonably narrowly in the past, so there is even some question as to the legitimacy of much of Chinese filtering at its very core under international trade law. Even if some filtering is found permissible under trade law, forcing China “to justify each and every blockage or filtering” may dampen its enthusiasm to impose such measures.

Full article: http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/US-Congressional-Panel-p...

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