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STATEMENT BY H.E. AMBASSADOR SUN ZHENYU AT THE GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING
2007/12/18
Thank you, Mr. Chairman,

First of all, I would like to join the previous speakers in expressing our thanks to the Chairman of the TNC for his report. We fully share his view on the situation of the negotiations and agree with the timeline he outlined.
China supports the statements of G20, G33 and NAMA 11 as well as statements made by African Group, ACP, LDCs and SVEs.

Mr. Chairman, every body in this room is fully aware of the time constraint before us and the need to expedite our work. China appreciates the Chairs of various negotiating bodies for their efforts in getting down to a text-driven process for the negotiations. China is glad to note that both G20 and G33 have put forward some new proposals and have demonstrated flexibilities. We hope other Members particularly the major developed countries could show their flexibilities as well so as to pave the way to an early conclusion of the Round.

To fulfill the mission of this Development Round, a lot of work needs to be done in an earnest and consistent manner to reflect the interests of Members in a balanced way and address the particular concerns of the developing countries. Development issues such as S&D treatment, SP and SSM, cotton, Trips and CBD, specific concerns of LDCs, Small & Vulnerable Economies and Recently-acceded Members should be dealt with earnestly and effectively.

We should work by all means to achieve full modalities for Agriculture and NAMA by the end of February or early March and to complete the whole Round before the end of 2008. For that purpose, we hope that, after the Chair of Agriculture and NAMA produce their revised texts by end of January, there should be further discussions on the texts in the groups before going into horizontal process. The inclusiveness and transparency of process is also of crucial importance.

In conclusion, Mr. Chairman, I would like to assure you that China will, as always, play a constructive role together with all other Members to ensure a successful conclusion of the Doha Round negotiations. I would like also to take this opportunity to wish all the colleagues of the Secretariat and of all Delegations a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

(18 December, 2007)
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