shanghaiSurging Chinese investment in the United States has generated intense debates, many of which revolve around two important yet under-explored questions. One, will Chinese companies engage in rampant noncompliance as in China or adapt to the U.S. institutional setting? Two, does state ownership in Chinese investors make a difference? 

Using quantitative and qualitative methods, Professor Ji Li's book investigates the adaptation (or lack of adaptation) of Chinese investors to U.S. legal and regulatory institutions. It finds Chinese investors to be generally adaptive but their reactions to U.S. laws and regulations may vary across firms of different ownership types and different subject matter areas. The book further examines Chinese investors’ adaptation in three areas most relevant to them: the U.S. tax law, the U.S. employment law, and the U.S. law governing national security review of foreign investments (a.k.a the CFIUS review). The empirical findings suggest that Chinese investors, if treated and regulated properly, may become major stakeholders of U.S. institutions and contribute to their long-term resilience.

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Professor Ji Li received his Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He joined Rutgers Law School in 2011 after practicing law for a few years at the New York office of an international law firm. Professor Li’s research and teaching interests include international business transactions, taxation, international and comparative law (with a focus on China), property, and empirical legal studies.

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