On November 11, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee held its 27th collective study session on strengthening the construction of foreign-related legal systems. When presiding over the study, General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized that he should deeply understand the importance and urgency of doing a good job in foreign-related rule of law work, build a foreign-related rule of law system and capacity that is compatible with the requirements of high-quality development and high-level opening-up, and create favorable rule of law conditions and external environment for the steady and long-term development of Chinese-style modernization.

Openness is an important driving force for the progress of human civilization and the only way for the world to prosper and develop. The process of opening up is inseparable from the protection of the rule of law.

How to promote high-level opening up on the basis of the rule of law, and promote the construction of foreign-related rule of law in the process of expanding opening up? "Micro Observation of Current Affairs" will be interpreted for you.

Improve the foreign-related legal system

Not long ago, an arbitration hearing was successfully completed in the intelligent courtroom of the Guangzhou Arbitration Commission. It took less than 40 days from the filing of the case to the trial procedure, and the efficiency of handling international commercial disputes was praised by all parties.

Since November 2019, when the Guangzhou Arbitration Commission tried to conduct cross-border remote hearings, the Guangzhou Arbitration Commission has realized the convergence of the three mechanisms of "negotiation, mediation and arbitration" through the online dispute resolution platform, providing high-efficiency, easy-to-use and low-cost one-stop online dispute resolution services for cross-border commercial entities.

With the continuous improvement of the level of opening up to the outside world, China is becoming more and more closely connected with the world, more and more Chinese enterprises are going global, and more and more foreign-funded enterprises are coming to China to do business. In order to create a first-class business environment and use the rule of law thinking and methods to deal with external risks and challenges, it is first necessary to improve the foreign-related legal system.

△ The site of the 2023 CIFTIS Legal Services Special Exhibition

When presiding over the collective study, General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized that the rule of law is the best business environment, and it is necessary to improve the open and transparent foreign-related legal system, strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of foreign-funded enterprises, make good use of domestic and international rules, and create a market-oriented, law-based and international first-class business environment.

This year, China has accelerated the revision of important laws such as the Bidding and Bidding Law, the Accounting Law, the Insurance Law, and the Anti-Unfair Competition Law. At present, the Ministry of Justice is taking the lead in revising the Arbitration Law to further improve the arbitration system with Chinese characteristics and improve the openness of the foreign-related arbitration system.

In order to accelerate the improvement of the level of foreign-related legal services, China has accelerated the construction of international commercial arbitration centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Hainan and other places. At the same time, we will give full play to the role of the "Belt and Road" Lawyers Alliance to provide better legal services for international trade, cross-border investment, maritime affairs, etc.

Take the initiative to connect with international economic and trade rules

"It is necessary to take the initiative to connect and actively absorb high-standard international economic and trade rules, steadily expand institutional opening-up, improve the level of trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and build a new system of a higher-level open economy." General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized when presiding over the collective study.

This is not only the need for China to further promote reform through opening up, but also the need for China to integrate more and more deeply into globalization and participate in international competition.

On the one hand, with the development of industrial innovation and development, the global value chain has been deeply reshaped, requiring countries to be compatible in terms of rules, regulations, management, standards, etc., so as to achieve seamless connection and in-depth integration and development of various elements. On the other hand, the trend of regionalization, localization and short-chain of global industrial and supply chains is obvious, and it is urgent for countries to strengthen economic and trade cooperation.

△On November 2023, 11, the X28 China-Europe train slowly departed from Xi'an International Port Station and headed for Hamburg, Germany.

This year, China took the lead in Shanghai, Guangdong, Tianjin, Fujian, Beijing and other qualified pilot free trade zones and Hainan Free Trade Port to pilot the docking of relevant international high-standard economic and trade rules, focusing on trade in goods, trade in services, temporary entry of business personnel, digital trade, business environment, risk prevention and control, etc., and put forward pilot policy measures and risk prevention and control measures.

For example, in light of the demands of business entities, the spouses and family members of experts transferred within foreign-invested enterprises in the pilot areas are allowed to enjoy the same period of entry and stay as the experts, so as to provide convenient conditions for the families of foreign experts to live together in China.

Aligning with international high-standard economic and trade rules is conducive to making full use of the resources of both domestic and international markets, and adding impetus to building a new development pattern and promoting high-quality development.

Benchmark against the international advanced level

Enterprise name: Shanghai Baijiahe Information Technology Development Co., Ltd.; Total investment: $23700 million "...

In the exhibition hall of the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone, a "Record Certificate of Foreign-invested Enterprises in China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone" numbered "No.000001" is of great significance.

On September 2013, 9, China's first pilot free trade zone, China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, was listed in Waigaoqiao, Shanghai. On the same day, this "No. 29" filing certificate was issued. The owner of the record certificate is Shanghai Baijiahe Information Technology Development Co., Ltd., a joint venture between BesTV and Microsoft Corporation.

BesTV joined hands with Microsoft to benefit from the further opening up policy of the free trade zone.

△Yangpu Economic Development Zone, Hainan Free Trade Port

On November 11, General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out when presiding over the collective study that it is necessary to benchmark against the international advanced level, and upgrade the effective measures and mature experience of high-level opening up such as pilot free trade zones into law in a timely manner, so as to create a new highland of opening up with a higher level of opening-up, a better business environment and a stronger radiation effect.

This has pointed out the direction for further building a new highland for opening up to the outside world.

Over the past 10 years, the Pilot Free Trade Zone has continued to expand and develop, taking the lead in implementing the negative list management system in the fields of foreign investment and cross-border trade in services, and implementing many pioneering reforms in transforming government functions and providing financial services to the real economy, effectively exploring and accumulating valuable experience for comprehensively deepening reform and expanding opening up.

In the future, the pilot free trade zone will continue to play its role as a comprehensive test platform for reform and opening up, and explore new paths for comprehensively deepening reform and expanding opening up.

△On November 2023, 11, the unveiling ceremony of the Kashgar Area of the China (Xinjiang) Pilot Free Trade Zone was held in the Kashgar Comprehensive Bonded Zone, and the first batch of 11 enterprises settled in.

The rule of law goes hand in hand with opening up, and if opening up to the outside world is pushed forward, the construction of the rule of law involving foreign affairs must follow suit.

Promoting high-level opening-up on the basis of the rule of law, and advancing the construction of foreign-related rule of law in the process of expanding opening-up, will continue to consolidate the foundation of the rule of law for high-level opening-up, and provide high-quality legal guarantees for high-level opening-up.

Producer丨Geng Zhimin


Writer丨Ning Lili

Vision丨Jiang Yuhang

(Source: CCTV News Client)