- Resulted from China's agreement to enter the World Trade Organization,
taking on the comprehensive multilateral obligations and concessions
required of WTO members.
- Congress voted to grant permanent normal trade relations to
China once it enters the WTO. The President would no longer have
to renew China's normal trade status annually.
Agreement on China's WTO entry covered the entire range of
WTO obligations in goods, services, intellectual property, and
The 1979 U.S.-China Bilateral Trade Agreement was less than
- Is a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam, analogous
not to China's WTO agreement but rather to the 1979 U.S.-China
bilateral trade agreement.
- Congress will be voting on whether to grant conditional normal
trade relations, subject to annual renewal by the President and
a possible resolution of disapproval by Congress.
- Agreement lays groundwork for future negotiations on Vietnam's
WTO entry by covering many of these areas, but it is not a WTO
- The 2000 U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement is 138 pages,
and is the most comprehensive such bilateral agreement ever reached.