The Function of the Transnational Chinese Contract
Forthcoming in the Journal of World Investment and Trade
17 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2019
Date Written: October 1, 2018
This article focuses on Chinese contractual practice in the energy sector and related sectors — principally in China’s inbound and outbound investments in the petroleum sector as well as in other energy-related financing and infrastructure construction contracts. Its concern is with the drafting of Belt and Road contracts, especially where this may lead to contract ‘internationalisation’. The article also discusses the interplay between Chinese contracts and treaties. It asks if there is Chinese receptiveness to international principles in seeking to protect the rights of Chinese as well as foreign parties. A preliminary finding is that there is an asymmetry between what Chinese upstream oil contracts do in protecting foreign ownership interests, even to the point of evincing Chinese acceptance of the ‘internationalisation’ of contracts, and the intergovernmental work done through negotiated treaty terms to protect Chinese investments abroad.
Keywords: Transnational Law, Energy Investments, Chinese Contracts, Chinese Investment Treaties, Belt and Road
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