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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Professor Bruce Jacobs on China's historical claims in the South China and East China Seas

Anyone interested in this issue will have to read this paper, posted last month on the AEI web site [HTML | pdf]. Prof. Jacobs is skeptical and explains why in detail.

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The East and South China confrontation is a good testing ground for China's development of its naval strength vis-a-vis the United States.

Posted by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung | Jul 15, 2014 9:40:35 PM

I read Prof. Jacobs article. I am not sure that I would agree with him that the relationship between China and the vassal states was such as conceptualized by Prof. Jacobs like independent sovereign states under contemporary international law and practices. The word vassal in Chinese introduces the hierarchical relationship that China was the benevolent Empire and the vassals were inferior in status. As to what exactly is that relationship is highly debatable.

Posted by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung | Jul 17, 2014 11:14:49 AM

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