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A China in the Bull Shop? Comparing the Rhetoric of a Rising China with the Reality of the International Law of the Sea

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A China in the Bull Shop? Comparing the Rhetoric of a Rising China with the Reality of the International Law of the Sea

Jonathan G. Odom

Government of the United States of America – U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps
July 1, 2012
Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, Volume 17, Issue 2, 2012

Abstract:
Since the end of the Cultural Revolution in the 1970s and the conclusion of Mao Zedong’s reign, the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) has made progress in its understanding of international law and its acceptance of the existing international legal order. Observers no longer read or hear mainstream Chinese legal experts use phrases such as the pejorative, Marxist-laden “bourgeois international law.” Instead, modern Chinese legal scholars recognize the importance of all nations, including China, “understand[ing] and abid[ing] by the rules of the international community.” Perhaps even more importantly, some Chinese officials have begun to…

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