Developing country

People are seen in a traditional alleyway, or Hutong, on a polluted day in central Beijing. (Jason Lee/REUTERS)

The US has never recognised China as a developing country

Despite China identifying itself as a developing country at the WTO, it has been viewed in several quarters as one of the top countries in the world in terms of its economy and national strength. Economics professor Zhu Ying asks: is it any surprise that the US has never recognised China as a developing country?