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Jan Knoerich

Jan Knoerich is Lecturer on the Economy of China at King's College London. He formerly was Departmental Lecturer in the Economy of China at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on Chinese foreign direct investment. He has previously worked on international investment and development issues for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 11 December 2001 was a watershed for China’s international economic relations. Joining the WTO meant that, after two decades of gradually opening its economy and markets, China formally accepted both the benefits and obligations of membership in a multilaterally negotiated rules-based regime governing international trade. The long march towards WTO accession – its pitfalls and challenges as well as the impressive surge in China’s import and export figures thereafter – have been well documented. But, somewhat in the shadows of these remarkable achievements in the field of multilateral trade policy, foreign investment has emerged as another important component of China’s international economic relations.