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China's International Investment StrategyBilateral, Regional, and Global Law and Policy$
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Julien Chaisse

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198827450

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198827450.001.0001

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Innovation as a Catalyst in the China–Israel Investment Relationship

Innovation as a Catalyst in the China–Israel Investment Relationship

The China–Israel BIT (2009) and the Prospective FTA

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China's International Investment Strategy

Hadas Peled

Marcia Don Harpaz

Oxford University Press

Scientific and technological innovation has played an instrumental role in shaping contemporary China–Israel relations since the reform era in China. Based on a cross-disciplinary approach integrating international political economy and law, the chapter studies how, and why, innovation has shaped the relationship, and in particular, it analyses the implications of an innovation-based relationship, for China–Israel bilateral investment diplomacy. More broadly, the findings, pointing to innovation as an important explanatory variable in the China–Israel investment and trade relationship, can contribute to a better understanding of China’s changing international investment approach. The chapter starts by considering the importance of innovation in the individual development strategies of China and Israel, and their respective innovative ranking, noting China’s achievements in developing its own innovative capacity. The chapter discusses the central role of innovation in the history of China–Israel investment and trade relations. When geopolitical constraints have hindered innovation transfer, bilateral relations have suffered. The 2008 global financial crisis had surprisingly positive repercussions for Chinese–Israeli economic and political relations since it brought innovation to the forefront. Finally, the chapter focuses on three key aspects of innovation as a catalyst in the China–Israel investment relationship: the China–Israel bilateral investment treaty, its shortcomings, and the implications for the free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations; intellectual property rights in the context of the FTA; and the limitations of innovation in the greater geopolitical context. Looking forward, given the above factors, the authors conclude that innovation as a catalyst in bilateral relations is likely to decline.

Keywords:   Israel, scientific and technological innovation, China–Israel, defence industries, foreign direct investment, investor–state dispute settlement

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