In recent years, China’s shale gas industry has attracted great interest from both domestic investors – state-owned or otherwise – and major offshore players, thanks to a broad range of initiatives and preferential policies promulgated by the central government with a view to encouraging investment.
Notwithstanding these encouraging developments, the regulatory regime for the shale gas industry is still in its early stages,and development has been slow. The regime also poses unique challenges for foreign investors. This article discusses regulatory developments, potential pitfalls and some structural options.
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