U.S. Government: Prior to the administrations of 1992-2000, the original structure of government was divided into three distinct areas of responsibility referred to as the "Separation of Powers." The intention was to create a system of checks and balances.
At the end of the 1996-2000 administration, Congress, at the request of the president, entered into a trade relationship with China by approving the status of "permanent normal trade relations" (PNTR) for China.
This relationship opened the door for unrestrained exports to the U.S. and modifications of trade quotas are now reviewed and approved by the WTO.
This action was the beginning of relinquishing US control of the economy to a world organization.