Chi­nese state en­ti­ties have ‘sov­er­eign im­mu­nity’ in US courts

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING—Some Chi­nese state-owned en­ti­ties, backed by the key govern­ment agency that over­sees ma­jor state in­dus­trial com­pa­nies, have adopted a con­tro­ver­sial de­fense when they face US law­suits: You can’t touch us be­cause we en­joy sov­er­eign im­mu­nity.

Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion of China (AVIC), China’s big­gest sta­te­owned aero­space and de­fense com­pany, has used the strat­egy twice, while state-owned China Na­tional Build­ing Ma­te­ri­als Group Co (CNBM), a sta­te­owned build­ing prod­ucts com­pany, suc­cess­fully used it in a case in­volv­ing al­le­ga­tions that Chi­ne­se­made dry­wall led to health prob­lems for US home­own­ers.

China’s For­eign Min­istry in Oc­to­ber com­plained to the US govern­ment over at­tempts by plain­tiff lawyers to serve the dry­wall law­suit on the Sta­te­owned As­sets Su­per­vi­sion.—Agen­cies

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