Insight: China Justice 中国司法洞察
"Yes", said a local Chinese court in Li Qiang v. Ding Fengjing (2018). The answer led to the refusal of recognition and enforcement of a Singapore judgment for the matrimonial property.
In China, court conference summary, though not binding, can serve as guidance to the judges in their trials. In essence, it is more of a consensus of the majority of judges, similar to 'prevailing opinion' (herrschende Meinung).
China's Supreme Court issued the Guiding Opinions on the Service and Safeguard of the People's Court for the Further Opening-up in September 2020, indicating its readiness to participate in the global competition of the cross-border dispute resolution market.
To enforce a foreign arbitral award in China, the average length of proceedings is 596 days, the court costs are no more than 1.35% of the amount in controversy or 500 CNY, and the attorney's fees are, on average, 7.6% of the amount in controversy.
What has China's Supreme Court been doing during the pandemic? Judge Shen Hongyu talked about the SPC's response to COVID-19 in Nov. 2020.
China's Supreme People's Court issued the Opinions on Strengthening the Protection of Copyright and Copyright-Related Rights in November 2020, further clarifying how Chinese courts will protect copyright in litigation.
No, China does not move towards case law, but keeps the tradition of statutory law while constantly innovating and exploring. The Similar Cases can be regarded as application tutorials with examples for statutory law.