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Rhetoric about the Ukraine War in China and Chinese Attitudes towards International Law

Abstract

As in the West, the war in Ukraine has become a hot topic in China since the beginning. Unlike the West, however, where the mainstream unequivocally condemns the war, the debates in China are characterised by sharp differences of opinion between the pro-Russia and the pro-Ukraine camps. This article focuses on one aspect in such debates: those concerning international law. It is argued that regardless of the different positions, these debates reveal some common attitudes towards international law. Two visible features of these attitudes are highlighted: 1) an emphasis on the limitations of black-letter law and the importance of elements beyond the law; and 2) a distrust in international law, seeing it as a tool of Western hegemony. It should be noted that there is a lack of serious discourse among legal scholars and practitioners, perhaps due to the politically sensitive nature of the issue. This article draws on official statements, some scholarly opinions, and relevant comments on social media.
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hal-03722174 , version 1 (13-07-2022)

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Binxin Zhang. Rhetoric about the Ukraine War in China and Chinese Attitudes towards International Law. 2022. ⟨hal-03722174⟩
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