The legislative framework for international arbitration in China is the 1994 China Arbitration Law. A distinctive feature of this law is that it provides that, where the arbitration venue is within mainland China, it is mandatory that the arbitration be conducted by an Arbitration Commission. Following changes in the law, all Arbitration Commissions may hear international cases. Such hearings are therefore no longer restricted to the well known CIETAC (China International and Economic Trade Arbitration Commission and CMAC (China Maritime Arbitration Commission)).
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