Opinions of the State Council of China on Accelerating the Development of Trade in Services


People’s governments of all provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government, ministries and commissions under the State Council.

In recent years, China’s service trade has developed rapidly. However, on the whole, its relative lack of international competitiveness is still the “shortcoming” of foreign trade. Vigorously developing service trade is an important focus for expanding opening up and expanding space for development. It will be conducive to stability and employment, readjusting the economic structure, improving the quality and efficiency of development and cultivating new growth points. In order to adapt to the new economic normal and accelerate the development of trade in services, we hereby offer the following comments:

(A) guiding ideology. We will thoroughly implement the spirit of the 18th CPC Congress and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Plenary Sessions of the 18th CPC Central Committee, strive to establish a fair and competitive market environment by deepening reform, opening wider to the outside world, and encouraging innovation. We will promote mutual investment and service improvement in service areas Trade policy support system, accelerate the liberalization and facilitation of trade in services, promote the expansion of the scale of trade in services, optimize the structure of trade in services, enhance the export capacity of services and foster the international competitiveness of “China Services.”

(B) the basic principles.

Deepen reform and expand opening up. Deepen the reform of service industries, relax investment access in service areas, reduce administrative examination and approval matters, break regional blockades and monopolies in industry, and eliminate institutional and institutional obstacles that restrict the development of the service industry. We should adhere to the orderly promotion of opening up of the service industry, the promotion of reform through opening up, the promotion of development, Promote innovation.

Market competition, government guidance. Give full play to the decisive role of the market in allocating resources in the area of ??trade in services, and strive to inspire the development of new vitality in all kinds of market entities; strengthen the government’s role in system construction, macro guidance, environmental protection and policy support, and give more guidance to the government.

Industrial support, innovation and development. Pay attention to the coordinated development of industry and trade, goods trade and service trade. Relying on the advantages of manufacturing industry to develop service trade and bring China’s services “going global”; give full play to the supporting role of service trade and enhance the added value of trade in goods. Lay a solid foundation for the development of trade in services and enhance the international competitiveness of the service industry.

(C) development goals. The level of opening up of the service industry was further improved, the service industries used foreign capital and the scope of foreign investment was gradually expanded, and their quality and level were gradually upgraded. The scale of service trade is expanding. By 2020, the import and export of services will exceed 1 trillion U.S. dollars. The proportion of service trade in foreign trade will further increase, and the global proportion of service trade will increase year by year. The service trade structure has been optimized day by day. The proportion of emerging service areas has been increasing year by year. The distribution in the international market has been gradually balanced. The countries along the “One Belt and One Road” have steadily increased their share of service exports in China.

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