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China's ‘Soft-Path’ to Transboundary Water Cooperation Examined in the Light of Two UN Global Water Conventions – Exploring the ‘Chinese Way’

22 Water Law

19 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2013  

Patricia Wouters

University of Dundee - Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science; Xiamen Law School - China International Water Law (CIWL)

Huiping Chen

Xiamen University - Law School

Date Written: May 25, 2013

Abstract

China, the world’s largest developing country, is now on course (within the next decade) to emerge as the world’s biggest economy. As has occurred in most developed nations, this development drive has had, and continues to have, significant adverse impacts on China’s environment. This is evident especially in the diminishing quantity and quality of available water resources, both within China and crossing its national borders. In the international transboundary context this has resulted in water-related problems, in the past with Russia (industrial pollution on the Amur) and currently with India on the Brahmaputra, where China seeks to construct some major dams despite India’s protestations. China’s reaction to these transboundary watercourse events has been by using international diplomacy, the so-called ‘soft path’ of cooperation, which is the bedrock of China’s foreign policy.

Keywords: international water law; transboundary water law; China's transboundary waters; UN Watercourses Convention

Suggested Citation

Wouters, Patricia and Chen, Huiping, China's ‘Soft-Path’ to Transboundary Water Cooperation Examined in the Light of Two UN Global Water Conventions – Exploring the ‘Chinese Way’ (May 25, 2013). 22 Water Law. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2359819

Patricia Wouters (Contact Author)

University of Dundee - Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science ( email )

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University of Dundee
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4HN
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Xiamen Law School - China International Water Law (CIWL) ( email )

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Xiamen, Fujian 361005
China

Huiping Chen

Xiamen University - Law School ( email )

422 South Siming Road
Xiamen, Fujian 361005
China

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