Huawei Sun Atlanta, 4 November 2014 Asia and Africa: Trends in the Developing East-South Dispute Resolution Axis – China's Perspective Overview China’s presence in Africa Common types of disputes Dispute resolution fora Legal and cultural barriers Future trends China’s presence in Africa Nearly 2,500 Chinese companies doing business in Africa Investment activities have expanded beyond energy and resources Special Chinese Economic Zones (SEZs) Common types of disputes Energy: oil pricing, oil lifting, tax, government licenses Construction: delay, quality, price Sales of goods and letter of credit/guarantees Environment: crude oil dumping Labor Investment treaty claims? Dispute resolution fora Arbitration ICC, LCIA, CIETAC, CRCICA Seats in Paris, London, Lagos, Beijing, Cairo Factors to consider – neutrality, expertise, costs, convenience Local litigation Diplomatic channels? Legal and cultural barriers Legal barriers: unfamiliarity with English law and rigorous common law tradition Cultural barriers: Communication Expectation Understanding Future trends The increasing power of Chinese parties to negotiate the arbitration forum China-Africa Joint Arbitration Centre Questions? These are presentation slides only. The information within these slides does not constitute definitive advice and should not be used as the basis for giving definitive advice without checking the primary sources.