Belt and Road Weekly Investor Intelligence #4

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Welcome to this week’s issue of China Briefing’s Belt & Road Initiative Weekly Investor Intelligence round up.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement was signed last week, involving many Belt & Road Initiative countries. This soft trade investment will boost Belt & Road trade and investment.

We examine the opportunities in China and ASEAN while also summarizing some of the legal and trademark issues when investing along the BRI.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and Impact on the Belt & Road Initiative

RCEP FTA Signed: What Can Foreign Investors in China Expect?

We explain the enhanced benefits of the RCEP to investors in China, including the rules of origin, negative list adoption, prevention of restrictive measures, intellectual property, government procurement and the expansion of the services industry.

New RCEP Rule of Origin Laws to Boost Finishing of Products Investment in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar

Investment in ASEAN countries with lower-cost and lesser-skilled workers are of special interest to manufacturers from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea where production costs are higher.

How Does Vietnam Benefit by Joining RCEP?

As Vietnam is a party to several trade agreements, joining the RCEP will further help it reduce trade barriers and improve market access across RCEP members, such as Australia and New Zealand, for its goods.

The Belt & Road Initiative and Legal Standards

Corporate Law Standards and Protocols Along the Belt & Road Initiative

Cumulative of a mix of civil, common, and religious legal frameworks – in-house lawyers and law firms need to engage with regional legal partners for Belt & Road investment and tax planning assistance.

Understanding China’s Foreign Investment Law as Concerns Belt & Road Initiative Procurement

Why get involved in Belt & Road procurement?

The Belt & Road Initiative, coupled with the new FIE law, provide significant opportunities for foreign investors in China, as estimates of the impact of the Belt & Road last year suggested it increased global trade by US$117 billion in 2019.

The Belt & Road Initiative Trademark Registrations

Submitting Trademark Registrations Along the Belt & Road Initiative

Over 130 countries have signed MoUs recognizing China’s Belt & Road Initiative, which as infrastructure projects now near completion, offer investment and trade opportunities for other foreign investors. But how can businesses protect their brands when investing in and selling to China and the Belt & Road countries?


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