During the last twenty years modern commercial mediation practice has had an immense impact on the way disputes are resolved in Western countries. Asian jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and Singapore have also introduced this model into their civil justice systems adapting it where necessary to suit local conditions. Many other jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region are now in the process of creating infrastructure, introducing training and establishing mediation centres to provide commercial entities with the option of mediation to resolve their business disputes. This chapter looks at the background within which these developments are taking place and focuses in particular on China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Exciting new mediation developments in Japan, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia are also discussed including the establishment of new commercial mediation centres in their respective major cities. Furthermore, this chapter will explore the Belt and Road initiative which is already having a significant impact on interstate projects and which will require cross border dispute resolution services. Both new and established mediation centres in Asia are working hard to promote themselves as providers of both commercial and interstate mediation services to Belt and Road countries.
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