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At the time of the 2000 debate on China PNTR, there were many members of Congress, scholars, Chinese democracy activist exiles,former U.S. government officials who all warned that China's admission to WTO would not result in the aspired-to shifts towards democracy or human rights and that rather China would find workarounds to the WTO's rules to strengthen its economic and geopolitical standing. And people did advocate for the U.S. invoking Art XII. But the corporate lobby prevailed - talking about a billion customers, but really keen to access a billion low-wage workers with no hopes for unions or collective action to raise wages. Undoubtedly some people really believed the mantra Clinton repeated, above. But in my experience of that time, which included probing MoCs for the basis on which they made the claims re democracy, human rights etc., those arguments were used as cover to justify supporting a policy that was the top priority of all of the corporate lobby combined: Wall Street, service sector, manufacturing, retailers, etc.
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At the time of the 2000 congressional debate on China PNTR, there were many members of Congress, scholars, Chinese democracy activist exiles,former U.S. government officials who all warned that China's admission to WTO would not result in the aspired-to shifts towards democracy or human rights and that rather China would find workarounds to the WTO's rules to strengthen its economic and geopolitical standing. And people did advocate for the U.S. invoking Art XII. But the corporate lobby prevailed - talking about a billion customers, but really keen to access a billion low-wage workers with no hopes for unions or collective action to raise wages.
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