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Review Article
Published online: March 1, 2022

Decoding Chinese Bilateral Investment Treaties

Zeyu Huang
Hui Zhong Law Firm Shenzhen Office
Suite 805, Tower 1, Kerry Plaza, 1 Zhong Xin Si Road, Futian CBD, Shenzhen 518000, P.R. China.
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Professor Shen Wei’s new book-Decoding Chinese Bilateral Investment Treaties-has vividly depicted a vibrant China in bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and BIT arbitrations. The observations, analyses and findings in his book are supported with abundant empirical evidence and critical theoretical explorations. The ground-breaking contribution made by this book lies in demystifying the patterns inherent in China’s BIT law and practice and adopting versatile methodology to address the literature gap identified by the author. This book not only explores the symbiotic relationship between China’s domestic governance and global BIT networks, but also coherently addresses four inter-connected puzzles relating to Chinese BITs. Professor Shen’s study shows that China and its investors will be proactive rule-makers and active rule-users in the arena of international investment law and investor- state arbitration. This new book will surely be an invaluable inspiration for practitioners, scholars and other persons who have interest in this field.

Keywords : Chinese BIT, Foreign Investment, ISDS, Investor-State Arbitration, ICSID

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