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Canada's non-reciprocal BIT with China: Would the US or Europe do the same?

Gus Van Harten

December 2014

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


The Canada-China BIT requires Canada to open its economy to Chinese investors, while allowing China to retain a closed economy and to keep discriminating against Canadian investors. The treaty also facilitates confidential settlements and sacrifices a longstanding safeguard for Canada’s aboriginal peoples.