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Research Paper
Published online: Nov. 30, 2020

The People’s Republic of China and the Development of Contemporary International Law: Review and Prospects

Zewei Yang
Luojia Hill, Wuhan, Hubei Province, 430072, P.R. China.
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The development of Chinese international jurisprudence over the past 70 years can be divided into three stages: fledging; recovery and development; and flourishing. During the period, Chinese international lawyers have made great contributions to the development of international law through, inter alia, the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, recognition and succession, the peaceful settlement of international disputes, the Belt and Road Initiative, the Shared Future for Mankind, and so forth. However, participation in international legislation and international judicial activities needs to be further improved, because the theoretical ground for China’s foreign policy and diplomatic practice is still insufficient and academic works with global influence are not enough yet. The development of Chinese international law follows such trends: more valuable interpretation and application of international law; the theoretical innovation of international law; and the improvement of China’s discourse power. These are important missions for Chinese international lawyers.

Keywords : Chinese International Law, International Jurisprudence, Belt and Road Initiative, A Community of Shared Future for Mankind

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