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11 The Evolution of EU Investment Law and the Future of EU-China Investment Relations

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This chapter attempts to demonstrate, the evolution of investment relations between the Europe (EU) and China, and the conclusion of the prospective EU-China investment agreement, a venture not devoid of challenges that will likely frame the relationship between the two economies, is a very important policy issue for both partners. In a worldwide scale, EU Member States have been the most prolific investment treaty makers, having concluded more than 1,300 Bilateral Investment Treaty (BITs) with third states, a number which corresponds to nearly half the global network of BITs. An agreement between the EU and China is likely to be a trend-setter for provisions to be concluded in later treaties with or between other partners, although its impact factor will doubtless depend on the negotiations on the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as well as on the negotiations on the US-China BIT and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Keywords: Bilateral Investment Treaty (BITs); Europe-China investment agreement; Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA); TTIP

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