by Dan Beznits and Michael Murphree, Prepared on Behalf of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 2013

China’s efforts to develop unique technology standards and its rapidly increasing activities as a participant in international standardization efforts have drawn widespread attention. China does use technology standards as a protectionist tool. However, a complete review of the standardization system reveals that: i) protectionism is not the major focus of Chinese standards development efforts; and ii) it is not the main challenge China poses for American firms. This report addresses six broad areas of interest that are critical to understanding Chinese technology standards efforts and their implications.

NOTE: ISO and IEC are NGOs and not governmental organizations. Also, European standardization organizations can be private sector, non-profit entities.

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