The People's Republic of China, and their compliance with international law since 1949 : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
In this paper I will directly asses the People's Republic of China and their views and compliance with international law since 1949. I will present this subject concerning the PRC andinternational law, divided into five major portions. The first portion of this paper will serve primarily as a basic introduction to the conceptual formation of international law. Secondly, in order to fully comprehend and appreciate the unique position of the PRC as it relates to international law, one must briefly examine the substantial role that history plays in China's bearing and development in the international arena today, and its subsequent implications particularly as it relates to international law. The third portion of this paper will address the impact of the foundation of the communist-based People's Republic of China by Mao Tse-tung in 1949, as it relates the official approaches and policies to, and compliance with international law. The fourth, and perhaps most important subject, deals with the overall Chinese perceptions and notions concerning international law in the modern age. The final portion of this paper will serve as the capstone, or practical application of the PRC and their level of compliance with international law, by utilizing the Tianammen Square massacre of June 1989 as the paradigm for possible future policy and methodology.