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Trump administration announces China-specific investment restrictions

March 21, 2018 by in News

The Wall Street Journal is reporting tonight that, in addition to a number of other trade actions, the Trump administration is directing Treasury to promulgate procedures for reviewing investments from Chinese acquirers. While potentially similar to the current CFIUS review process, this is a significant departure from longstanding foreign investment policy of “country neutral” reviews. It appears that this China-specific policy is a countermeasure against China’s own highly restrictive market access policies. The concept of “market reciprocity” has been central to discussions of trade policy reform in recent years.

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