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China formally joined the World Trade Organization in December 2001. The U.S. Department of State notes, as part of this far-reaching trade liberalization agreement, China agreed to lower tariffs and [to] abolish market impediments. Chinese and foreign businessmen, for example, gained the right to import and export on their own, and to sell their products without going through a government middleman…China has made significant progress implementing its WTO commitments, but serious concerns remain, particularly in the realm of intellectual property rights protection.

Perhaps you're interested in establishing a partnership with one of the country's exporters. You may be considering joint ventures with Chinese companies, franchise or licensing opportunities or sales of your products and services in China. Whatever your interests and needs, the resources provided in this section will lead you to information that can support your entry into this enormous market.

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