Book Review

Book Review of Isaac B. Kardon, China’s Law of the Sea: The New Rules of Maritime Order

Hongyan Li and Xidi Chen *
School of Law, Tsinghua University, 100084 Beijing, China



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6.     The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China Full Text: A Global Community of Shared Future: China’s Proposals and Actions Available online: (accessed on 15 December 2023).

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14.   Heller, K.J. Specially-Affected States and the Formation of Custom. Am. J. Int. Law 2018, 112, 191–243, doi:10.1017/ajil.2018.22. [Crossref]

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