The document expects cooperation on WTO reform from the new administration, and makes the important remark that US-China trade relations are "currently largely managed outside WTO disciplines".
For it is of course on solutions that the report has been awaited. The Commission’s bilateral trade and/or investment agreements are both numerous and increasingly ambitious in their scope - a "new generation" includes commitments on sustainable development such as CSR, climate mitigation and labour issues. This has not come without its problems.
First, out of 77 agreements listed by the Commission as in force, 44 are only "provisionally" implemented, usually because procedural steps have not been completed - sometimes for many years.