On 26 June the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration is hosting the very first ICC Belt and Road Commission Conference in Hong Kong to discuss a range of practical topics relating to disputes arising in the Belt and Road Initiative. Entitled Ten Years of Belt and Road – Noteworthy Experience and Legal Risk Prevention, the event will feature: 

  • arbitrators’ perspectives on the features of disputes in the Belt and Road Initiative, 
  • risk management experience from different stakeholders in the Belt and Road Initiative, 
  • advice from international arbitrators on enterprise risk management, and 
  • advice for enterprises development under the Belt and Road Initiative 

Background to the ICC Belt and Road Commission  

The ICC created the Belt and Road Commission to focus on the dispute resolution needs of the Belt and Road Initiative.  A new structure and focus was announced for the Commission last June, (2022), aiming to focus on the full range of Belt and Road dispute resolution issues, particularly relating to China.

With a deep understanding of how to resolve disputes arising along the Belt and Road, the Commission focusses on significant commercial interests, especially of Chinese parties, engaged in investment and trade along the Belt and Road. It aims to raise awareness and build on the ICC’s reputation as a globally trusted dispute resolution provider to become the trusted “go-to” dispute resolution service provider for Belt and Road disputes. 

To ensure the needs of the commercial community are met, half of the commission members are general counsel or in-house counsel. The commission covers the essential industries engaged in Belt and Road investment, including Auto, Agricultural, Aviation, Construction, Chemical, Heavy Equipment, Infrastructure, Investment Bank, Transportation, Petroleum, Gas and Services. Members are from state-owned enterprises, private enterprises, multinational enterprises, academia, and include renowned arbitration practitioners from leading law firms. 

Top Level Conference Programme 

Next week’s agenda includes:   

  • an Opening Address by Tengqun Yu, General Manager of China National Salt Industry Corporation (CNSIC), Beijing and Chair of the ICC’s Belt and Road Commission, 
  • welcome Speeches by representatives of the Hong Kong Department of Justice and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR, 
  • a Special Speech by Qingmiao Lin, Director-General, Bureau of Policies, Laws and Regulations, The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), Beijing, 
  • a Keynote Speech by Claudia Salomon, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration,
  • and three panel discussions:   

 How Compliance Management Creates Value: Experience of Belt and Road  

Moderator: Jingzhou TAO, independent arbitrator and member of the ICC Belt and Road Commission. 


  • Qing Tang, General Counsel of International Business, Sany Group Co., Ltd., ChangshaMatthew Townsend, Partner, Reed Smith, Hong Kong 
  • Jiaguo Wang, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer (CCO/General Manager of Legal Compliance Department/Director of Compliance Office), China Railway Construction Corporation Limited, Beijing 
  • Tina Zhao, General Counsel, iFlytek, Shenzhen 

Risk Prevention: A Multi-Dimensional Review of Belt and Road

Moderator: Lei Shi, Member, ICC Belt and Road Commission; Partner, Clifford Chance, Shanghai 


  • Ying Zhao, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of China National Petroleum Corporation Limited, Beijing 
  • Ran Zhang, General Counsel, Hilong Group of Companies, Shanghai; Vice chair, ICC Belt and Road Commission 
  • Chiann BAO, Independent Arbitrator; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration 
  • Yuandong Tang, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, China Southern Power Grid Company Limited, Beijing 
  • Jian Zhao, Partner, Zhonglun Law Firm, Beijing 
  • Dispute Resolution on “Belt and Road” Disputes: Arbitration and Beyond.

Moderator: Helen Shi, Co-Chair, the IBA Asia Pacific Arbitration Group; Partner, Fangda Partners, Beijing; Vice-President, ICC Court of Arbitration 


  • Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General of ICC International Court of Arbitration, Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services 
  • Jiansheng He, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, China Energy Engineering Corporation Limited, Beijing 
  • Xiangnan Zhang, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Legal Risk Control Department, China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group) Co. Ltd, Beijing 
  • Susan Xu, Deputy General Manager/Secretary of the Board/General Counsel, BGI Genomics Co. Ltd, Shenzhen 
  • Susan Munro, Partner, Registered Foreign Lawyer, K&L Gates, Hong Kong. 

Donna (Zhijin) Huang, Director, Arbitration and ADR, North Asia, ICC Dispute Resolution Services will close the session 

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