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The Chinese Approach to International Commercial Arbitration
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'Steve Ngo's comprehensive study reveals many insights just from his choice of subject-matter, his own approach, and his own rich experience. He is right to stress the Chinese openness to adopt, adapt and exploit ideas from abroad, particularly new technology. Ngo's explanation of guanxi and mianzi is down-to-earth and essential preparation for the beginner. Just the explanation of why a lawyer's office may be dingy and approached through a passage festooned with washing is worth the price of this book. Ngo's clear exposition of the policies of the present Government and of future prospects has all the clarity to be expected from a Singaporean disciple of Lee Kuan Yew. All of this book is illuminated with insights from personal experience, of which Ngo provides many examples. And there is evidence of wide learning, too, from Confucius to "From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China." Indeed, this book is not only constantly revealing and challenging, sensible and up to the minute. It is genuinely fun to read.' Derek Roebuck Visiting Professor, People's University of China, Senior Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London 'The author of this book, Mr Steve Ngo, through his own expertise, has written a very careful study of the Chinese arbitration legal system and the positive development of arbitration in Shanghai. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks on behalf of the Shanghai Arbitration Court of International Shipping! The Chinese road to international commercial arbitration described in this book will help readers understand the characteristics of China in handling foreign-related arbitration, and it is of great benefit to practicing lawyers and scholars.' Huo Zhengmei President, Shanghai Arbitration Court of International Shipping 'This book provides a helpful guide for lawyers and businessmen who are dealing with Chinese parties in international business with regard to the preparation for and management of cross border dispute resolutions.' Dr Fan Mingchao Director, ICC Arbitration & ADR, North Asia 'Mr Ngo guides the reader through the particular complexities of the integration of arbitration with the Chinese legal system. I predict that this book will become a must for practitioners, students and teachers, as well as businessmen doing business in that great country.' Geoffrey M. Beresford Hartwell Professor, past Chairman and Senior Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, past President of the Society of Construction Arbitrators 'Steve Ngo's book, with a full and deep understanding of modern Chinese culture and society, systematically introduces the current status of international commercial arbitration in China, and discusses its possible development in the future. This book will be helpful for attorneys and people who might consider entering into an arbitration proceeding with Chinese parties.' Wang Dandan Partner, Dentons, Beijing 'As a reputable scholar, an experienced arbitrator, as well as an ethnic Chinese person brought up in ASEAN culture, the author possesses a uniquely good mix to write on this subject. Must-read for CEOs and practitioners.' Dr Steve WONG Che-Ming MCIArb, Senior Partner, Wong Poon Chan Law & Co., Hong Kong 'I wish to congratulate Professor Steve Ngo on the publication of this book, which I consider most appropriate and timely with the emergence in this century of China as a major economic power and the gravitation of trade and commercial activities into the ASEAN region. In Asia it is inseparable that the approach to business practices and dispute resolution be influenced by Confucian, and thereby Chinese, ethics and beliefs and therefore I am confident that this book will serve as an important tool for the reader to understand how dispute resolution is practised in this region.' Dato' Sri Matthew Yeoh Managing Partner, Yeoh Mazlina & Partners, Kuala Lumpur

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