Whilst developed Western countries have historically been the greatest proponents of investment treaties, China has now entered into more investment treaties than any other country besides Germany. One can assume that the Chinese government's motivation for agreeing to so many treaties is to increase the protections provided to Chinese investors abroad. It also signals a willingness to provide the same protections to investments made in China.
Investors in oil and gas and electric power resources and / or in South America, Eastern Europe Central Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa, should give particular consideration to investment treaty protection as this is where the majority of investment disputes are currently arising.
In this article, King & Wood Mallesons' Dispute Resolution Group provides a range of examples involving Chinese investors and look in detail at how Chinese investors can use investment treaties.
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