Accession Number : ADA363908
Title : China: Tradition, Nationalism and Just War
Descriptive Note : Strategy research project
Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
Personal Author(s) : Gong, Ted E.
Report Date : 17 JAN 1999
Pagination or Media Count : 45
Abstract : This paper examines Chinese culture and traditions to determine if there are concepts within the tradition corresponding to ideas of restraint as expounded in Western just war theories. In regards to jus ad bellum, Western ideas of sovereignty among equal states form a legalistic paradigm that was apparent only in China's formative period. As a result, the tradition after imperial unification in 221 BC sharply contrasts with the Western legalistic ideas. However, the Chinese traditions of tributary relationships between states and of civilian domination over military (wen over wu) restrain authorities from resorting to war. Moreover, the tradition continues to influence modern China.
Descriptors : *CULTURE , *CHINA , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN).
Subject Categories : SOCIOLOGY AND LAW
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE