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Austrian Chinese Tax Research Network

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Overview

More than two millennium ago, Eurasian countries opened their trade routes linking Asia, Europe and Africa. The Silk Road symbolized the spirit of a shared cultural heritage. Today, that heritage is being relaunched by China, with its “Belt and Road” initiative. The aim is to develop new overland and maritime links, which will once again bring together China, Central Asia, Russia, Africa, and Europe and link these countries to both the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The implementation of the “Belt and Road” initiative (BRI) will focus on improving the inter-connectivity between the countries along the route and will open up new opportunities for investment in communication links (road, rail and shipping) and new opportunities for cooperation in the areas of energy, transportation, agriculture and manufacturing.

The emphasis will be to develop an open, inclusive relationship between countries recognizing that civilization thrive when trade growths. This is why the Belt and Road forum for international cooperation (BRF) which was held in Beijing on the 14-15 May 2017 and which brought together over 100 countries, emphasized that promoting trade, FDI and innovation will be three of pillars of this initiative, which is also seen as supporting the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

At a time when the world is experiencing political and economic uncertainty and when the US is withdrawing from a multilateral and interconnected world, the hope is that by bringing countries together this initiative will encourage mutual respect, harmony, and will provide a much needed boost to global growth.

In 2008, the Institute initiated a dialogue with three research institutes in China to provide a solid conceptual basis for the on-going tax reforms that China has been undertaking. The program initially focused on the corporate taxation and tax treaties. In 2012, the program was broadened to include VAT and a range of tax policy issues and the partnership extended to other research institutes including in the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) in China.

The joint program takes the form of :

  • Joint research projects

  • Joint conferences and workshops

  • Joint publications

  • Providing summer courses in Chinese universities

  • Providing training seminars for SAT officials

  • Providing training programs for Chinese MNEs

The current focus of the program:

Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

The Blockchain and the Digitalization

Collaboration with Xiamen University (XMU)

Collaboration with Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE)

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