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Research Paper
Published online: May 30, 2017

Enforcing a New National Security? China's National Security Law and International Law

Congyan Cai
Faculty of Law, Xiamen University Xiamen City, Fujian Province 361005 China.
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New national security (NNS) represents a twenty-first century's sociological paradigm on which the law is based on and is characterized by multiple actors, wide covering, low predictability, subjective perception, dual nature, and rampant diffusion. The emergence and expansion of the NNS prompts a highly advanced perspective to the rule of law at both the national and international levels, specifically, the relationship between international and domestic law. In this context, traditional approaches, 'international approach' or 'national approach,' are insufficient, so that a new 'managerial approach' is thus needed. The legal practice in relation to national security of China, a rising great power, attracts close attention in the international society. Furthermore, since Chinese conception of national security has its own 'Chinese characteristics,' how China will enforce its national security law in the context of international law remains to be seen. The NNS will lead profound sociological transformation upon which all legal orders are based.

Keywords : New National Security, National Security Law, International Law, China

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