The Developing Anti-Corruption Battle Between the United States and China

As the United States-China trade war rages on, anti-corruption enforcement appears to have become a singular battleground for the two global powers. The United States Department of Justice announced in late 2018 that it would specifically target Chinese companies for aggressive enforcement of the FCPA. China, for its part, has taken preemptive measures to curtail foreign authorities’ ability to conduct investigations on Chinese soil, with a clear intent to block U.S. efforts in particular. In a guest article, Alex Oh, a partner at Paul, Weiss, and her colleagues, Justin Lerer, of counsel, and Meredith Arfa, an associate, examine the impact this conflict may have on anti-corruption enforcement. See our two-part series on China’s State Secrets Law: “A Primer for Anti-Corruption Practitioners” (Jun. 29, 2016); and “Six Things to Consider When Engaging in Internal Investigations in China” (Jul. 13, 2016).

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