Post-Subprime Crisis: China Banking and GATS Liberalization

14 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2009 Last revised: 1 Feb 2009

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M. Ulric Killion

Shanghai International Studies University

Date Written: January 31, 2009


The Article first presents a brief history or survey of some of the earlier problems that associate with China's banking and financial institutions. The Article then addresses specific problems, in the context of the rules, procedures, and practices of the banking and finance sector, which widely range from non-performing loans, to China's money market and interbank lending business. These problems also directly associate with the liberalization of the banking and finance sector of the economy, and the requirements of both the WTO rules and China's WTO Protocol on accession. The Article also briefly explores the US sub-prime mortgage crisis and its contagion effect throughout the world, including the Asian region. In the context of China and the subprime crisis, the Article summarizes some of the problems that associate with China banking and financial institutions, by focusing on the policy implications of the history of banking and finance in China, and what this means in terms of both WTO compliance and greater liberalization of banking and financial institutions, especially pursuant to the WTO GATS, as service industries. All of this, eventually, allows for the presentation of certain conclusions concerning China banking and finance in the new era of a global subprime crisis.

Keywords: China, banking, finance, WTO, GATT, GATS, Subprime-crisis, Interbank-lending

JEL Classification: F10, F13, F14, G21, F34

Suggested Citation

Killion, M. Ulric, Post-Subprime Crisis: China Banking and GATS Liberalization (January 31, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

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