Research Report, Issue No. 2, 2022. Suggestions on Conforming Health Services to CPTPP Rules
China opens its health service sector quite early, piloting joint venture and cooperative medical institutes since 1989. After joining in the WTO, China committed to further opening its health sector with regard to General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). In September 2021, China officially applied to join CPTPP with the submission of a written application to New Zealand, the depositary of CPTPP documents. As the public demand for health care is enlarging, taking the opportunity of joining CPTPP, China will push forward free trade in health sector, so as to meet the changing demand of national consumption, and facilitate the re-shoring of domestic health consumption under the impact of pandemic.