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Title: Historic rights in international law and in China's practice
Authors: Keyuan, Z. 
Keywords: Historic rights
Historic waters
Law of the sea
The People's Republic of China
The South China Sea
Issue Date: 2001
Source: Keyuan, Z. (2001). Historic rights in international law and in China's practice. Ocean Development and International Law 32 (2) : 149-168. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Despite the great expansion of maritime zones of the coastal states, consequent to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, state practice indicates continued attempts at using concepts of historic waters and/or historic rights to assert jurisdiction. The Chinese claim to historic rights in its 1998 Law on the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf is a new addition to the whole picture. It is the People's Republic of China's clear intention that the historic claim applies to the water areas in the South China Sea wherever China could not establish its 200-nm exclusive economic zone. This article assesses China's historic claim in the context of international law, state practice, and judicial pronouncements.
Source Title: Ocean Development and International Law
ISSN: 00908320
DOI: 10.1080/00908320151100280
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