Australia's foreign investment review board and the regulation of Chinese investment

Rebecca Mendelsohn, Allan Fels

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    Foreign investment has played an important role in the Australian economy since the country's foundation. Part of the latest wave of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Australia has been by Chinese firms, and largely by state-owned enterprises with connections to the Chinese state. Despite the value it has generated for the Australian economy, Chinese FDI has been controversial and has exposed some of the shortcomings in Australia's foreign investment review process. This article evaluates Australia's foreign investment regime, and pays particular attention to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). Questions are asked about how closely the FIRB's role and processes resemble regulatory best practice. The article also considers whether greater fidelity by the FIRB to principles of good governance could better serve Australia's broad policy interests and reduce Chinese perceptions of an opaque and discriminatory foreign investment regime.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-83
    JournalChina Economic Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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