Conclusions: Perspectives and Challenges for the Convention

  • Garry Neil


In April 2007, just weeks after the Convention came into force, the United States launched a challenge at the WTO against various cultural measures maintained by China. The Chinese measures restrict the importation of feature films, audiovisual home entertainment works, sound recordings, and publications such as books, magazines and newspapers, including their electronic versions. Among other measures, China requires the works to be distributed by a Chinese-owned company, effectively requiring these cultural products to be distributed in China by a state-owned enterprise.


Civil Society Cultural Diversity Civil Society Organization Cultural Good Cultural Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Network for Cultural DiversityTorontoCanada

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