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Zachary Sweebe - University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD '17

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Shades of Green: Health, Safety, and Environmental Protections in China’s International Investment Agreements

Introduction: Sixteen years ago, China succeeded in its campaign to join the World Trade Organization (“WTO”), following a series of dramatic reforms to its domestic economic system, and its assertion that global trade and international competition should benefit all States, regardless of their level of development.01China Joins the WTO – At Last, BBC News (Dec. 11, 2001), http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/1702241.stm (supporting new trade negotiation rounds “on the basis of full consideration of the interests and reasonable requests of developing countries”). The very next day, China signed a new Bilateral Investment Treaty (“BIT”), a type of International Investment Agreement (“IIA”) in which two…

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