S. Wallace CHENG

Managing Director, ICTSD China

Dr. Shuaihua 'Wallace' CHENG is the Managing Director of ICTSD China. Currently, he co-manages WTO Post-Nairobi Programme and China, G20 and Global Economic Governance, New Industrial Policy Group, the E15 Initiative in partnership with the World Economic Forum. Dr Cheng is also Adjunct Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), Associate Editor of Advances in Climate Change Research Journal of China National Climate Change Centre (Beijing), Member of Asia Society's Asia 21 Advisory Committee (New York), and Member of the Evian Group Working Group on Trade (Lausanne). Before joining ICTSD, Dr. Cheng was an economist at the Shanghai Municipal Government Development Research Centre and Board Secretary of the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Center.

Dr Cheng is Yale World Fellow (2015), Asia 21 Young Leader (2007), British Chevening Scholar (2005), Salzburg Seminar Fellow (2000). He has written widely on issues related to Chinese economy, global trade, environment, development and the role of emerging countries in global economic governance for both policy and academic audiences.

Dr. Cheng has an MSc in Comparative Public Policy at the University of Oxford, and a PhD in International Political Economy at Fudan University. He is a citizen of China.


5 August 2016
It is just six months until the 15 th anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the world’s second-largest economy believed this would be the time when it would automatically be granted market economy status . Unfortunately, the European Union and the Unites States...
1 June 2015
The successful launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and confrontations in the South China Sea have reignited the debate over how the United States should deal with a rising China. The US has not yet offered an official response to China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy that...

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7 April 2017
本周,美国总统特朗普将会见中国主席习近平,这对全球经济和两位领导人的政治生涯都十分关键。 特朗普有大约一年的时间、在2018年国会中期选举之前来降低贸易逆差、增加就业岗位。如果他做不到的话,选民们会抱怨,共和党也将失去在国会的多数席位和控制权。 与此同时,虽然习近平将在今年年底党的十九大上连任,但是仍然需要证明其掌控国际事务的能力以巩固其地位。今年年初,在特朗普宣誓就职之前三天,习近平在达沃斯的演讲中捍卫经济全球化很有说服力。 此次双边会谈的重要性远远超过对各自政治生涯的影响。会谈的成功将是未来十年全球经济的开发、公平和可持续的前提条件,因为从2014-2016年的数据看,...
8 November 2016
当知道你的每一次在线活动都会受到来自于宽带或者4G移动网络供应商的全天候的审查时,你会感觉舒服吗? 目前,类似AT&T和Comcast这类企业可以跟踪用户数据,除非消费者明确告知企业停止这种行动。但10月27日,美国联邦通信委员会(FCC)宣布了新的隐私规定,阻止宽带供应商收集消费者的网页浏览、APP使用、定位和财务信息的数据以及禁止把这些信息转发给第三方开展定向广告业务。 新的规则将在12个月后生效,届时,宽带供应商需要获得消费者的明确许可后才可以收集和分享消费者的信息。 尽管对这个规定仍有诸多争论,但是在涉及保护美国互联网用户方面,这些新的规定将成为一个转折点。...
16 May 2011
Au cours des dernières décennies, la plupart des entreprises occidentales ont d'abord observé les économies émergentes, avant de s'y installer. Les affaires y semblent plus rentables et moins risquées qu'en Afrique. La Chine a au contraire investi en Afrique, et, dans un contexte de resserrement...
6 May 2011
Over recent decades, most Western companies have been looking at and then moving to emerging economies where business is perceived to be more profitable and less risky than investing in Africa. China, on the contrary, have and will continue to investing in Africa, against the background of closer...


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Key Publications

China’s responds to US pivot to Asia with One Belt, One Road – that could offer opportunity for the US。


China has narrowly escaped major financial crises for over two decades. But the good times may soon be over — and not because of the recent stock market crash.

Transpacific Partnership boosts UN Sustainable Development Goals in some ways and undermines them in others.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will have a strong systemic impact on China and potentially transform the future of global trade - but Washington wants to be the one steering the ship to secure Obama’s legacy.

From a legal perspective, Section 15 of the Accession Protocol of China to the WTO does not explicitly say that other WTO members should grant China market economy status and does not set a deadline by which this must happen. But the protocol does say that “in any event” WTO members may not use the analogue country method against Chinese exports beyond the 15 year transition period. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution should not merely focus on frontline inventions that affect the developed world, but also place an emphasis on developing innovative technologies which meet the bottom-line needs of poorer countries.

China should set up strict rules for local governments that regulate tax concessions, and ensure that all government subsidies to private firms are transparent, and accelerate reforms of China’s financial markets. 

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