Chi-Hua Tang

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599752
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law


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Since ancient times, China has been the cultural, economic, and military leader in East Asia. Because of its privileged position in this region, the surrounding peoples and cultures have been deeply influenced by China, and over the course of the last two thousand years, East Asia has developed its own unique world order. This chapter examines the relationship between China and Europe concerning international law. First, it explores the process of China’s encounter with international law. Second, it considers China’s use of international law to secure treaty revisions and the consequent impact that this process had on international law. Third, it discusses China’s involvement in international conventions and organizations, as well as the process of its improving status among the international community.

Keywords: East Asia; international law; treaty revisions; international community; world order

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Subjects: Law ; History of Law ; International Law

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