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An Evolutionary Change for China’s Policy to Attract Foreign Investment ---from the market access initiated in China’s free trade zones

When Feb 15, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
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An Evolutionary Change for China’s Policy to Attract Foreign Investment - from the market access initiated in China’s free trade zones

Jiaxiang Hu, Professor of international economic law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University



Positive list is the long practice used by China to regulate foreign investment. Specifically, the central government has guided the foreign investment by promulgating the catalogue of industries which are open, restricted or forbidden to foreign investment. This practice has been changed first in those free trade zones by the adoption of the negative list, and will be reversed eventually in 2018 according to the decision made by the State Council. This change is not only the focus of the on-going Sino-American BIT negotiations, but also the centrepiece of the newly-made Foreign Investment Law.


Presenters’ Biography:

Jiaxiang HU is the professor of international economic law, director of Asian Law Center, KuGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He earned a BA degree and a MA degree from Hangzhou University, the Mphil degree in law from Zhejiang University and the PhD degree in law from the University of Edinburg. He is also a visiting scholar of International Economic Law Institute of Georgetown University, the East Asian Studies Center of Harvard University and the Asian Law Institute of National University of Singapore. Professor Hu has been awarded the honors for his excellent teachings from the Ministry of Education, Shanghai Municipality and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is the author of five books and nearly a hundred articles, including one of the chief editors for two books published by the Brill Publisher and the author of several articles published by those prestigious journals like JIEL. Currently, he is also the team leader of several national research programs including A Comparative Study on the Regulations of GM Food by Law and Policies in Different Countries and The Construction of the Legal Framework of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. Professor HU is teaching International Economic Law to the undergraduates and WTO Law to the postgraduates. His research interests include Public International Law, International Economic Law and WTO Law.

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