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1. History & Theoretical Approaches | China
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1.1 China’s General Approach to International Law

International law was systematically introduced into China in the 19th century, shortly following the Opium War, though arguably there was also some rudimentary form of international law in ancient China, especially in the so-called Period of Spring and Autumn (722–476 BC) and Period Warring States (476–221 BC) in pre-imperial China. China’s initial encounter with modern Eurocentric international…

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Jiangyu, Wang, “1. History & Theoretical Approaches | China”, in: Encyclopedia of Public International Law in Asia Online, General Editor: Seokwoo Lee. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-8161_EPIL_COM_1007>
First published online: 2021
First print edition: 20210922



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