Statement by H.E. Ambassador YU Jianhua at the Informal Head of Delegation Meeting
9 May 2016 15:00 Room W
Thank you very much, Director-General for your updates as well as the reports delivered by the Chairs of respective negotiating groups.
Reflection is enlightening and exciting over the previous months. Members have been reflecting on how to advance the Post-Nairobi work and dialogues are ongoing in different configurations. Inspite of that, reflection has not changed anyone’s position. This is the reality we have to live with.
Some members are advocating new approaches or new pathways to resolve the remaining Doha issues. We must be frank with each other, those approaches and pathways have already been tried last year such as swapping waters, including the idea that put forward by the major subsidizing member last year and failed to gather consensus. We should refrain from repeating those unworkable approaches, as it is neither feasible nor reasonable for some members to force others to change their positions without changing their own positions. New approaches like this may only run the risk of instantly paralyzing the discussions. Therefore, reflections should be based on Nairobi Ministerial Declaration and decisions as well.
In light of the special and differential treatment, here I would like to reiterate China’s position, i.e., China does not seek the same treatment of LDCs and SVEs. However, if someone chooses to debate on who are entitled to the special and differential treatment, it will only serve to paralyze the discussions.
Our mandate is to implement the Ministeria lDecisions and advance negotiations on all the remaining Doha issues. If someone tries to single out one or two issues, it will not be line with the above mandate and thus making it impossible to reach any consensus amongst Members. Without balance of interests among Members and across the board, there could be no consensus on any single-outs. We should work together on all the remaining Doha issues in order to achieve the balance of interests of membership.
We are open to exploring the non-DDA issues according to the Nairobi Ministerial Declaration and ready to participate in any seminars, as long as they are inclusive and transparent as defined by you, Director-General.
With regard to the Environment Goods Agreement(EGA) negotiations, it is neither a multilateral exercise nor a G20 business. Therefore,it should not be brought here or to the G20.
Mr. Chairman, time is not on our side. Wehave less than three months left before the summer break. We must start to formulate a work programme as soon as possible in order to develop a sense of urgency to advance the Post-Nairobi work and structure our discussions in a balanced,expeditious, orderly and predictable manner. China remains committed to working with you and other Members towards a successful multilateral conclusion of the Doha negotiations with development dimension at its center.
I thank you for your attention.