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The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law edited by Fassbender, Bardo; Peters, Anne (1st October 2012)

III Regions, II Asia, 19 China

Shin Kawashima

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

Subject(s):
History of international law — State practice — International law and international relations — International trade
This chapter discusses how international law was received in China from the Chinese point of view. As is well known, China had treaty relations with Western countries, for example the Treaty of Nerchinsk of 7 September 1689. 1 However, it was only when William Martin translated Henry Wheaton's Elements of International Law 2 as Wanguo Gongfa (Immanuel CY Hsü translates it as public law of all nations), which was then published by the Zongli Yamen (government body in charge of foreign affairs during the late Qing Dynasty) in 1865 3 that China first received...
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