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In his letter to the WTO, Ambassador Dennis Shea expressed US opposition against China, the EU, and other parties of using WTO Secretariat鈥檚 budget and personnel for the Multi-Party Interim Appeal Arbitration Arrangement (MPIA), and criticized its establishment. How does MOFCOM respond to that?(2020-6-18)

As the Appellate Body of the WTO has been paralyzed due to certain member鈥檚 blockade, the EU, China, Brazil, Canada, Australia, together with other over a dozen of WTO members have worked closely to establish the Multi-Party Interim Appeal Arbitration Arrangement to uphold the rules-based multilateral trading system and ensure the functioning of the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the WTO. This has demonstrated that all parties are confident and supportive of multilateralism and the multilateral trading system.

MPIA is consistent with WTO rules and relevant provisions of Article 25 of the Understanding on
Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU). Continued attempts by certain member to block the establishment of MPIA are baseless in WTO rules and would further undermine the multilateral trading system.

China will keep stepping up cooperation with other participating members to push MPIA along for its smooth implementation in the future. China, in cooperation with other WTO members, would stay committed to resolving the paralysis of Appellate Body and upholding the rules-based multilateral trading system. Thank you!

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