Pursuant to the Demonstration Bases-Common Service Platform program, China provides free and discounted services through "Common Service Platforms" as well as cash grants and other incentives to enterprises that meet export performance criteria and are located in 179 Demonstration Bases throughout China. Each of these Demonstration Bases is comprised of enterprises from one of seven sectors:
- textiles, apparel and footwear;
- advanced materials and metals (including specialty steel, titanium and aluminum products);
- light industry;
- specialty chemicals;
- medical products;
- hardware and building materials; and
Consultations are the first step in the WTO dispute settlement process. If the United States and China are not able to reach a mutually agreed solution through consultations, the United States may request the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel.