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China – Australia FTA

17 June 2015

Today, after around 10 years of negotiations, China and Australia signed a Free Trade Agreement.  With the text of the China-Australia FTA (ChAFTA) now published, we take a closer look at some of the outcomes in the Investment Chapter.  The ChAFTA Investment Chapter contains a number of interesting and innovative features and we have reviewed three of these (click on the links below):

ChAFTA’s innovative ISDS safeguard for government regulation;

ChAFTA’s relatively limited scope and future work program; and

the relationship between ChAFTA and the 1988 bilateral investment treaty between Australia and China.