Impact of WTO Entry on the International Trade of Coal

Abstract This article reviews the Chinese international coal trade activity in recent years, with a focus on the steam coal market. It then goes on to summarize market factors which will gain importance as China is integrated into the WTO. It examines the current state of information available at the time of writing, in order to analyze China’s practices in the international steam coal sector. It ends with speculation on “the way forward” for Chinese international coal trade. Written 10 years ago, as China was entering the WTO, this article offers important background to understanding the current situation in the Chinese coal sector, and its impact on global coal trade.
Author International Energy Agency, Lawrence F. Metzroth, Energy Statistics Division, China Mining 2002, Chongqing, 21 October 2002
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