(Focus on Boao) Boao Conference of 100: Li Yang said China is moving closer to CPTPP

  China News Agency, Boao, April 19 (Pang Wuji and Bo Wenwen) The National Two Sessions this year, "actively considering joining the "Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement" (CPTPP)" was written into the government work report.

Prior to this, China has repeatedly made it clear that it will actively consider joining the CPTPP.

  The CPTPP signed by 11 countries including Japan, Canada and Australia came into effect at the end of 2018.

The agreement covers a population of 498 million, and the total gross domestic product of the member states accounts for about 13% of the global economy.

In addition to China, the United Kingdom and South Korea are also seeking to join the CPTPP.

  In this regard, Li Yang, member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and chairman of the National Finance and Development Laboratory, said in an interview with reporters on the margins of the Boao Forum for Asia 2021 annual meeting that this shows that although the world is fragmented due to issues such as the epidemic and mutual recognition of vaccines. , But globalization is still an unstoppable trend.

  However, it is still difficult for China to join the CPTPP.

Li Yang believes that some of the difficulties include: competition neutral issues (mainly requiring state-owned enterprises and private enterprises to be consistent in the use of resources, tax treatment and other issues, state-owned enterprises cannot have subsidies or special treatment), intellectual property protection issues, workers Organizational issues, etc.

  For these difficulties, China has already begun to deal with it.

Officials of the Ministry of Commerce of China stated in February this year that they are evaluating, researching and analyzing all the provisions of CPTPP.

At the same time, China has communicated and exchanged technical aspects with some members of the CPTPP on the issues involved.

  Li Yang said that it can be seen that China is generally moving closer to the rules.

  For example, he said that the "strengthening of the fundamental position of competition policy" proposed in the "14th Five-Year Plan" is actually consistent with the meaning of "competitive neutrality".

At the same time, China clearly "will unswervingly consolidate and develop the public ownership economy, and unswervingly encourage, support, and guide the development of the non-public ownership economy."

For another example, China is continuously increasing the protection of intellectual property rights; in the reform of state-owned enterprises, it has also proposed "improving the state-owned assets supervision system based on capital management" and so on.