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Commentary on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Book Launch & CPTPP/TPP Seminar

On March 25th, 2018, Commentary on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Book Launch & CPTPP/TPP Seminar was held in Mingde Law Building, which was jointly organized by Renmin Law School and WTO Law Research Society of China Law Society. Attendees discussed CPTPP/TPP rules and the rules¡¯ impact on global trade rules.

Book launch was moderated by Professor Zhao Xiuwen of Renmin Law School. Professor Han Liyu, also the editor of Commentary on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, made an introduction. Deng Lihua, editor of Peking University Press, Yang Guohua, executive vice president of WTO Law Research Society of China Law Society, Du Huanfang, deputy secretary and vice dean of Renmin Law School, made speeches.

Professor Han Liyu expressed gratitude to the colleagues of Renmin Law School, the Peking University Press and the international law fraternity. He explained the relativity and bilaterality of CPTPP/TPP. He focused on two features of the book: based on authentic text and included bilateral exchange of documents. He also shared his views on the integration of international trade law, international investment law and international financial law, and the U.S.-China trade war.

Deng Lihua reviewed the problems encountered in the process of topic selecting, composing, editing, quality testing and printing. She expressed gratitude to Professor Han Liyu for his patience. She believed, to form a cooperative relationship between scholar and press, mutual understanding and mutual support was needed.

Professor Du Huanfang welcomed the arrival of scholars. He congratulated Professor Han Liyu on the successful publication of his new book, and paid tribute to Han¡¯s team. Professor Du Huanfang introduced new book salon of Renmin Law School, and thanked Peking University Press, WTO Law Research Society and international law colleagues. He wished the book launch and the seminar a complete success.

Yang Guohua congratulated on the publication of Han¡¯s new book. He expressed admiration to Professor Han Liyu for his foresight and perseverance. He also looked forward a monograph that further interpreted TPP based on the existing economic system of China. Yang believed, faced with a wobbly WTO system, TPP text had become a new research basis of international law, due to its new content, its organic connection with WTO, the integration of investment and trade, its progressiveness and representativeness, and the process after U.S. exit from it.

In the end, Professor Han Liyu presented Professor Zhao Xiuwen and student representative. The book launch ended successfully.

After the book launch, CPTPP/TPP seminar officially started. There were five sessions. The first session was ¡°the characteristics of CPTPP: from TPP to CPTPP¡±, which was moderated by Professor Gong Bohua of Fudan University Law School. Xu Chengjin, researcher of Center for International Economic and Technological Cooperation, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Professor Zhao Hongrui from Harbin Institute of Technology, Professor Zuo Haicong from Nankai University School of Law, Professor He Xiaoyong from East China University of Political Science and Law, made speeches. The scholars explained the meaning of ¡°CP¡± in CPTPP, analyzed the progressiveness and the challenges of TPP, expressed their confidence in international rule of law, looked forward that China could establish a feedback mechanism, and put forward their viewpoints on how to lead global rule-making.

The second session was ¡°intellectual property, competition and state-owned enterprise¡±, which was moderated by Professor Shi Xiaoli of China University of Political Science and Law. Professor Wan Yong of Renmin Law School, Professor Qi Huan of China University of Political Science and Law, Doctor Fei Xiuyan of East China University of Political Science and Law, Associate Professor Jin Meirong of Renmin Law School, Associate Professor Dai Long of China University of Political Science and Law, Che Luyao of China University of Political Science and Law, Mao Zhenzhen of Wuhan University, made speeches. As to intellectual property issue, scholars introduced the frozen intellectual property provision and the present status of state-owned enterprise. They reviewed the formulating process of TRIPS and TPP, and discussed the CPTPP¡¯s protection of intellectual property. As to competition issue, the scholars called for reconsidering international cooperation from the perspective of competition, and discussed the relationship between state-owned enterprise and competition rules. As to state-owned enterprise issue, scholars analyzed the regulations of TPP on state-owned enterprise, introduced the practice of state-owned enterprise in China, and pointed out the challenges which state-owned enterprise faced.

The third session was ¡°investment and dispute resolution¡±, which was moderated by Liu Jingdong, researcher of Chinese Academy of Social Science. Associate Professor Tao Lifeng of Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Professor Zhangsheng of Xi¡¯an Jiaotong University, Professor Qi Tong of Wuhan University, and Professor Liao Shiping of Beijing Normal University made speeches. Scholars analyzed the frozen provisions in the investment chapter from TPP to CPTPP, pointed out the sharp contradiction between international investment arbitration reform and corporate governance, looked forward to the future of investment arbitration and China¡¯s response, and discussed dispute prevention mechanism.

The forth session was ¡°service trade and e-commerce¡±, which was moderated by Professor He Xiaoyong of East China University of Political Science and Law. Xu Chengjin and Associate Professor Wen Shuying of Shanxi University made speeches. Scholars analyzed the characteristics of financial service chapter in CPTPP, and pointed out the differences between developing countries and developed countries in e-commerce. Scholars had an in-depth discussion on cross-border data flows.

The fifth session was ¡°CPTPP/TPP and China: challenges and opportunities¡±, which was moderated by Professor Che Pizhao of Tsinghua University. Professor Zhang Xinjuan of University of Chinese Academy of Social Science, Associate Professor Hu Jianguo of Nankai University, Associate Professor Zhang Zhiyong of Peking University, Pu Lingchen of Zhong Lun Law Firm made speeches. Scholars and experts discussed the connection between Chinese rules and CPTPP rules, and the challenges brought by it. It was believed that the changes of international economic and trade structure were mainly to deal with the rise of China¡¯s economy. They analyzed the characteristic of CPTPP¡¯s member states. In the discussion, attendees discussed European Commission¡¯s anti-dumping questionnaire.

In the end, Professor Han Liyu made a conclusion. He also expressed gratitude to all attendees, and hoped that China could really come up with a Chinese plan. The seminar ended in applause.

(Editor: CHEN Pei)

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