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Although territorial and boundary disputes are different, they are closely interrelated. Most of territorial and boundary disputes have their political prominence and the relevant arguments are both political and legal. In order to appraise the arguments legally and settle the disputes, it is necessary for the disputing parties to take a legal perspective of their disputes. China's current attitude to international law as well as international courts and tribunals presents both problems and opportunities. Although it is unrealistic to design one dispute resolution framework suitable for all China's territorial and boundary disputes, it is possible and necessary, in the new context, to design a general one as guidance, under which specific frameworks can be constructed for settlement of the three major disputes China is involved in, namely, the disputes in the East China Sea, the disputes in the South China Sea and the Sino-Indian border disputes.

Keywords: China; dispute resolution framework; international law; territorial and boundary disputes



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