New and emerging technologies have given rise to new issues that the current system of international economic law is ill equipped to address.
Austin Lowe is a J.D. candidate and Global Law Scholar at Georgetown Law. He previously worked as a consultant focused on U.S.-China relations and Asia policy and often writes on issues at the intersection of trade, national security and China’s economic reform trajectory. He holds a master of arts degree in Asian studies from Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he was the Harriet & C.C. Tung Family Endowed Scholar, and a bachelor of arts degree in East Asian studies from Columbia University. The views expressed in his writing are his own.
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Amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade talks, China has fast-tracked a piece of legislation that serves as its most immediate answer to U.S. concerns regarding Chinese state-directed economic policies and barriers to market access. The draft Foreign Investment Law intends to reform China’s foreign investment regime; its vague provisions, however, will have more far-reaching national security implications for the United States.