If developed countries make "substantial contributions" to World Trade Organization negotiations, China is willing to help restart the moribund Doha Round. Commerce Minister Bo Xilai told visiting US Trade Representative Susan Schwab that development issues should get top priority. "China is willing to work with other parties to revive the Doha Round," state media quoted Bo as saying, but developed members "should act first by making substantial contributions." State media did not offer details of Beijing's position. Restarting the Doha Round was one of Schwab's goals for her visit to Beijing. The talks were suspended last month after the US, the European Union and other big traders failed to agree on a plan to cut barriers to agricultural products.
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