Outsiders' Perspective on China's Possible Participation in the Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization — Toward Peaceful and Prosperous Coexistence

Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 159-176, March 2018

18 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2018

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Chang-fa Lo

National Taiwan University

Chih-yuan Lo

National Chiao-Tung University, School of Law, Students

Xin-Wei Huang

National Taiwan University, College of Law, Students

Yu-Fang Shih

National Taiwan University, College of Law, Students

Date Written: March 30, 2018

Abstract

The proposed Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization (hereinafter “ARMO”) is to provide an alternative for Asia-Pacific countries to consider having their regional disputes being resolved within the regional in a friendly manner. China is the geographically and economically largest and politically most influential country in the region. The possible usage of ARMO facility by China should be a very important indicator to show the value of ARMO. This paper argues that the idea of resorting to mediation to settle regional disputes is in line with the tradition of Chinese society’s preference of maintaining harmonious relations and with the Chinese foreign policy of Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. The mediation mechanism can even help achieve prosperous coexistence among Asian economies. There are many good reasons for China to be part of the ARMO operation.

Keywords: Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization (ARMO), Belt and Road, Confucianism, Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, State-to-State dispute settlement

Suggested Citation

Lo, Chang-fa and Lo, Chih-yuan and Huang, Xin-Wei and Shih, Yu-Fang, Outsiders' Perspective on China's Possible Participation in the Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization — Toward Peaceful and Prosperous Coexistence (March 30, 2018). Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 159-176, March 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3153316

Chang-fa Lo (Contact Author)

National Taiwan University ( email )

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Chih-yuan Lo

National Chiao-Tung University, School of Law, Students ( email )

1001 Da Hsueh Road
East District
Hsinchu 300, 30050
Taiwan

Xin-Wei Huang

National Taiwan University, College of Law, Students ( email )

Taipei
Taiwan

Yu-Fang Shih

National Taiwan University, College of Law, Students ( email )

Taipei
Taiwan

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