Space Dispute Settlement in Asia in the Context of the Belt & Road Initiative: An Appraisal from China’s Perspective

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  • Huan Yu
  • Mingyan Nie
Conducting a space cooperation program in the context of the Belt & Road (B & R) initiative provides China opportunities to further extend the scale of space cooperation in Asia and break through the current predicament of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO). A more comprehensive mechanism to address the potential state-to-state and commercial space disputes is essential. To efficiently avoid and resolve disputes among the Member States, APSCO needs to improve the 'fair return' principle and the dispute settlement arrangement contained in its Convention. As to conflicts between APSCO and the non-Member States, dispute settlement clauses are obliged to be reached between APSCO and China. For commercial disputes, China should establish a specialized arbitration branch as a constituent of the B & R comprehensive dispute settlement mechanism. Disputes arising in space infrastructure investments need to be treated separately. For this reason, a special branch for settling investor-state disputes should be created under the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as advocated in this article.
ZeitschriftAir and Space Law
Seiten (von - bis)553-576
Anzahl der Seiten24
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 11.2022

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This work is supported by the ‘Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities’ (grant number ND2020005). Lecturer, Law Faculty of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (P.R.C); Doctor of Law, Leuphana University, Lueneburg (Germany). Email: Associate Professor, Law Faculty of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (P.R.C); Doctor of Law, University of Cologne (Germany). Email: Belt and Road Portal, (accessed 8 Aug. 2022). Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Belt and Road (10 Apr. 2017), english/n100/2017/0410/c22-45.html (accessed 8 Aug. 2022).

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