Understanding China’s foreign trade policy : a literature review

Tan LI, Larry D. QIU, Ying XUE

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China has continued to experience rapid growth in its foreign trade
since the implementation of its reform and opening-up policies. In recent years,
the country has become the world’s largest exporter and second largest importer
of goods and commodities. China’s trade policy has also gradually been
transforming from protectionism to open trade. This paper aims to provide a
comprehensive survey on the literature of China’s trade policy. The review
covers (1) export and import policies, (2) tariff and non-tariff barriers, and (3)
policy effects and motivations behind the policy design. This paper also reports
on important topics and issues that deserve more research attention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-438
Number of pages29
JournalFrontiers of Economics in China
Issue number3
Early online date23 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • trade
  • trade policy
  • reform
  • China

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