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The Nature Of Territorial And Boundary Disputes

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Territory and boundary are closely inter-related and these concepts are firmly built in law, politics, economy and technology. A defined territory is one of the constitutive elements of a state. It is the basis of the central notion of 'territorial sovereignty'. Boundaries mark the limits of the region within which a State can exercise its own sovereign rights. Territorial and boundary disputes are a sub-category of international disputes. Although there are some specific features unique to territorial and boundary disputes, they share a lot of similarities and governed by the same general legal principles. Emotional significance, strategic military value and resource value are all the potential factors contributive to the rise of territorial and boundary disputes. It seems that economic factors operate as catalysts for territorial and boundary disputes.

Keywords: economic factors; legal principles; territorial and boundary disputes



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