Exploring China's transboundary water treaty practice through the prism of the UN Watercourses Convention

Huiping Chen, Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Patricia Wouters

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    Abstract

    China shares 40 major transboundary watercourses with 16 countries. This paper surveys China's transboundary water treaty practice and compares it to the core principles of the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention (UNWC). Despite a growing watercourse treaty practice stretching back some 60 years, China's agreements in this field are relatively unsophisticated. The authors conclude that China's transboundary water treaty practice would benefit from some of the guidelines set forth under the UNWC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-230
    Number of pages14
    JournalWater International
    Volume38
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • international water law
    • China
    • transboundary waters
    • UN Watercourses Convention
    • treaty practice

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