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The Rise of China and International Law: Taking Chinese Exceptionalism Seriously

Congyan Cai


The rise of China represents a far-reaching process of international relations in the twentieth century, which should bring about extensive but uncertain ramifications. How China interacts with international legal order—namely, how China takes advantage of international law to facilitate and justify its rise and whether and how international law is relied upon to engage a rising China—has been inviting growing debates among academics and policy circles. A couple of recently eye-catching events, for instance, China-Philippines South China Sea (SCS) arbitration and the China-U.S. trade war, have ... More

Keywords: rise of China, international law, Chinese exceptionalism, China-U.S. trade war, China’s international policies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190073602
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190073602.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Congyan Cai, author
Professor of International Law, Xiamen University