The Supreme People's Court applied the doctrine of forum non convenient for the first time in Aug. 2019, taking a momentous step forward in this brand new practice, which was unfamiliar for most Chinese courts.
Forum Non Conveniens in China
In most cases, Chinese courts do not support the defendant's motion to dismiss on FNC grounds, but tend to exercise jurisdiction over relevant cases. The case of Singapore Chi Cheng Pte. Ltd. et al. v. SinCo Technologies Pte. Ltd. is a classic example of the judicial practice in China.
Chinese courts rarely dismiss a case on forum non conveniens (FNC) ground. Grace Young International Ltd. v. Seoil Agency Co. Ltd. is currently one of the only two cases in which the Chinese courts grant an FNC dismissal.