Opening Pre-Establishment National Treatment in International Investment Agreements: An Emerging "New Normal" in China?

Seminar/Forum

Opening Pre-Establishment National Treatment in International Investment Agreements: An Emerging "New Normal" in China?

Room 605, Level 6
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street

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Pre-establishment national treatment with a negative list is gradually becoming the “new normal” in Chinese international investment law. The history of China’s approach to national treatment in Chinese international investment agreements (IIAs) can be divided into three stages: first, China’s almost complete rejection of national treatment in the 1980s and 1990s; second, its conditional acknowledgment of post-establishment national treatment from 2000-2013; and third, its adoption of pre-establishment national treatment with a negative list after 2013. Each of the stages accords with China’s internal investment development, as well as its role in the international economy.

The recent shift towards pre-establishment national treatment is reflected in both China’s domestic investment system reform and its evolving approach to IIAs: Namely, that China is adapting to prevailing international investment law standards. This shift is having a profound influence on China’s legislative and administrative reforms. Ultimately, the implied liberal doctrine may bring both cooperative opportunities and challenges for both China and its investment and trade partners.

Presenter

  • Dr Qianwen Zhang
    Dr Qianwen Zhang, Assistant Professor