An independent judiciary is provided for in the Basic Law. By and large, the Hong Kong judiciary is independent from improper influence, and the trial process is generally fair. However, there has been increasing discomfort with Chinaâ€™s influence on court decisions. As previously mentioned, mainland Chinaâ€™s NPC retains the right to make final interpretations of the Basic Law, which in effect limits the power of Hong Kongâ€™s Court of Final Appeals. A case in point happened in June 2011, when the Court adhered to Beijingâ€™s more stringent guarantee of sovereign immunity in a lawsuit involving an American investment fund and the government of Congo. After a split decision, the Court requested the NPCâ€™s interpretation of the Basic Law, marking the
first such referral by the Hong Kong judiciary. The NPC Standing Committee confirmed the decision in August of the same year. This event has been viewed in different lights. Beijing, for example, saw this action as having positive meaning for the implementation of â€œone country, two systems.â€ However, others regarded this as a test of the independence of the Hong Kong judiciary, as seeking Beijingâ€™s interpretation undermined the status of the local courts.