STATE COUNCIL OF CHINA ANNOUNCED GROUND-BREAKING POLICY TO ALLOW FOREIGN ARBITRATION INSTITUTIONS TO SET UP BUSINESSES IN SHANGHAI FREE TRADE ZONE TO ADMINISTER CASES IN MAINLAND CHINA

On 6 August 2019, the State Council of China published the “General Planning of the New Area of ​​the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Program” (“General Planning“).  Under Article 4 of the General Planning,  reputable overseas arbitration and dispute resolution institutions will be allowed to “set up business organisations in the new area [of the China (Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone)] and conduct arbitration businesses in relation to civil and commercial disputes arising in the areas of international commerce, maritime affairs, investment, etc.” and the relevant bodies will “support and assure the application and enforcement of interim measures by Chinese and foreign parties before and during the arbitration proceedings, such as asset preservation, evidence preservation and action preservation.”

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