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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers an address to the nation on Nov. 7, 2020 after defeating Donald Trump to become the 46th U.S. president. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg)

A new president in the White House is unlikely to lead to a relaxing of regulatory scrutiny of Chinese investment in the U.S. However, a Biden administration is likely to adopt a less confrontational approach towards Chinese investors than its predecessor, potentially boosting the confidence of Chinese investors who have largely steered clear of the U.S. market in recent years, lawyers say.

For several years now, the Trump administration has aggressively blocked Chinese investments over national security concerns. High-profile cases including bans on TikTok and WeChat as well as the blocking of numerous deals involving Chinese acquirers have depressed deal activity to a decade low.

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Vincent Chow

Vincent Chow is a reporter for Law.com International and China Law & Practice, based in Hong Kong. He writes about lawyers and legal issues in Hong Kong and China and covers the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. He can be reached at [email protected]

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