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Joint Development in the East China Sea: Not an Easier Challenge than Delimitation

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As a form of provisional arrangement pending delimitation, the delineation of a joint development zone is significantly influenced by the maritime delimitation claims of the states concerned. In this sense, joint development is by no means an easier challenge to be tackled than delimitation. Because China has opted out of the compulsory procedures entailing binding decisions contained in the Law of the Sea Convention for delimitation issues, the only effective recourse available is to resort to negotiations. This means that unless China and Japan are ready to make concessions in their negotiations, no agreement can be reached, either for delimitation or for joint development.

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor of International Law, China University of Political Sciences and Law, Beijing; , Address: #25, Xitucheng Road, Beijing, 100088, China, Email:


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