The Growth of China's Services Sector and Associated Trade: Complementarities between Structural Change and Sustainability

By Liping Zhang, J. Simon Evenett on July 25, 2010

This paper describes the possible contributions of China's service sector to the country's sustainable trade strategy.

Chinese and international evidence points to the importance of seeing national service sector development in the context of forces that drive the structural transformation of economies more generally, both in terms of types of economic activity and spatial allocation. Rather than identifying sectoral cases where win-win or win-win-win outcomes are possible, our approach recognizes the diversity of activities within the service sector and the relationship between many of the commercial service sector activities and the growth and productivity of the manufacturing sector.

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SECO, 2010