FRONTIERS OF LAW IN CHINA VOL. 9 MARCH 2014 DOI 10.3868/s050-003-014-0003-4 NO. 1 ARTICLE CHINESE INVESTMENT IN THE EUROPEAN UNION & NATIONAL SECURITY REVIEW: IS THE EU LEGAL REGIME ABOUT TO FOLLOW THE US MODEL? Lawrence Eaker , SUN Tao * Rapidly increasing foreign direct investment from China within the European Union over the past decade has been, in general, greatly fostered by an open and non-discriminatory legal regime. However, 28 Member States retain control over the review of such investment for purposes of evaluating national security concerns within their respective borders. Current trends reveal a strong likelihood of substantial increases within the coming years in Chinese investment touching upon so-called "strategic" or "sensitive" sectors within the European Union nations. Similar Chinese investment in the United States has raised some strong opposition from the federal government on national security grounds. Accordingly, this article compares and contrasts the European Union's current fragmented system of national security review with that of the United States -- a centralized legal regime which provides for exclusive federal government national security review of foreign investment. The question is then posed as to the likelihood of the European Union adopting an American-style unified national security
Frontiers of Law in China – Brill
Published: Jun 15, 2014
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