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WTO Commitments

As part of its accession to the World Trade Organization, China agreed:

Joint schools will be established, with foreign majority ownership permitted.

You may access the relevant table at the WTO's website here. A Chinese facsimile of the table is included in the article here


PRC Statutory Rules


Subsequent to its WTO accession, China enacted three regulations specifically to govern foreign involvement in education inside China:

1. PRC Regulations on Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools, enacted by the State Council on March 1, 2003 [Zhonghua renmin gongheguo zhong wai hezuo ban xue tiaoli, 中华人民共和国中外合作办学条例].

These rules are here in a side-by-side Chinese-English version which I put together using the Chinese text available here and an English translation on the MOE's website here (another copy is here).


2. Implementing Rules for the Regulations on Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools, promulgated by the PRC Ministry of Education on June 2, 2004 [Zhong wai hezuo ban xue tiaoli shishi banfa, 中外合作办学条例实施办法].

These Implementing Rules are available here in Chinese and in English here.


3. Opinion Concerning Assorted Issues Presently Affecting Chinese-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools, enacted by the Ministry of Education on Februray 7, 2006 [Jiaoyu bu guanyu dangqian zhong wai hezuo ban xue ruogan wenti de yijian 教育部关于当前中外合作办学若干问题的意见].

My translation is available here, with the Chinese and English texts side by side. Another copy of the Chinese text is available on the MOE website here.