LU Xiankun Professor LU Xiankun is Managing Director of LEDECO Geneva and Associate Partner of IDEAS Centre Geneva. He is Emeritus Professor of China Institute for WTO Studies of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and Wuhan University (WHU) of China and visiting professor or senior research fellow of some other universities and think tanks in China and Europe. He also sits in management of some international business associations and companies, including as Senior Vice President of Shenzhen UEB Technology LTD., a leading e-commerce company of China. Previously, Mr. LU was senior official of Chinese Ministry of Commerce and senior diplomat posted in Europe, including in Geneva as Counsellor and Head of Division of the Permanent Mission of China to the WTO and in Brussels as Commercial Secretary of the Permanent Mission of China to the EU.

Op-Ed Blog

Matured China-EU partnership needs matured bilateral framework

In numerous bilateral summit statements and policy papers, China and the EU committed to build up a "mature partnership". Without a mature legal framework, their partnership can only go so far.

China’s new steps to open its door wider will be triple-win

Considering that 2018 marks the 40-year anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, one remains very hopeful that all the announced measures will be realized soon.

Lift and aim, but just don't pull the trigger

The China-US relationship will continue to shape the global political and economic landscape for the long-term future. If anything goes wrong between these two, the repercussions would be global. 

Unilateralism won't make trade fair

Fair trade, or reciprocal treatment, is relative as well as historic. The fairness may vary depending on whom and when we contextualize such trade.

A lot more can be done after 40 years of China's reform and opening-up

Looking ahead, there is still a lot to do to deregulate China's trade policy and further open its market commensurate with its power. There are multiple instruments that can be used for that purpose.

China should respond to Trump unilateralism with multilateralism

When the page of Chinese lunar calendar is about to turn over to the new year of 2018, what is happening between the US and China doesn’t augur well for the future of bilateral trade relations between the two big players. 

WTO needs serious reflection about its future

China's accession and the delivery on the commitments that followed did play a role in putting China on a path for fast-track growth in the decade after 2001. However, the stagnating Doha Round failed to provide the boost China needed to stay on that fast track.