Workers use a blowtorch to dismantle a giant funnel at Wenshui Haiwei Steel, which was undergoing preparations to re-open, in Wenshui county, Shanxi Province, China, April 29, 2016. REUTERS/John Ruwitch
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A European Parliament vote against granting China market economy status in the World Trade Organization was "not at all constructive", Beijing's foreign minister said Monday as he met his French counterpart.China joined the WTO in 2001, and argues that accession protocols dictate it will automatically switch over to market economy status by this December, 15 years later.The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, has given itself until this summer to decide on whether China should be granted the status.
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