27 Willamette J. Int'l L. & Disp. Resol. 103 (2020)
China's Territorial Disputes: The Ongoing Quest for a Viable Explanatory Framework

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             CHINA'S   TERRITORIAL DISPUTES:
  THE   ONGOING QUEST FOR A VIABLE EXPLANATORY
                        FRAMEWORK

                        RODA MUSHKAT*


Abstract:  Chinese post-revolutionary history, including the four
decade-long refrm   era, has entailed an array oftwists and turns
withfar-reaching implicationsfor the Asia-Pacific region and world
order. Numerous  and intense border conflicts have been an integral
part of this intricate dynamic. They have attracted afair amount of
albeit arguably insufficient, attention on the part of international
legal scholars and  social scientists. Theformer have exhibited
notable breadth and the latter commendable depth in addressing the
subject. The   analytical shortcomings  manifesting themselves,
however, have not been rectified. Moreover, the quality ofoutput on
the international law side of the divide has deteriorated after2010
andsocialscientistshavefailed   to maintain impetus beyond that
point in the cycle. Consequently, the marked   discontinuities, a
conceptually intriguing pattern, between thepre-201Ophase and the
past decade have not been adequately delineated and theoretically
exploited. The  experience suggests  that the challenges  which
manifold boundary  conflicts pose, in this area and elsewhere, call
for closer interdisciplinary collaboration and greater paradigmatic
versatility.






* Professor of International Law, Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Paul H Nitze School
of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and Honorary
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. I wish to thank Miron
Mushkat for helping me navigate through social science territory, but I am
solely responsible for the views expressed herein.


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