China's New Constitution and International Problems

China's New Constitution and International Problems

China's New Constitution and International Problems

China's New Constitution and International Problems

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The intensive study of constitutional law and practice by Chinese scholars will be welcomed by everyone who takes an interest in the development of Chinese political institutions.

The attempt to formulate a modern constitution adapted to the needs of this vast body politic, is one of the most important enterprises ever undertaken by public men. While it would not be fitting for me to pronounce an opinion or judgment upon the results so far obtained, yet I am able to bear witness to the painstaking efforts expended by the members of Parliament upon the consideration of every phase of constitutional law. The problem is indeed a difficult one. It is not only that a great many foreign constitutions have to be studied, their detailed workings understood and their relative efficiency judged of, but a matter of still greater difficulty is the correct perception of what is required by the inherited social constitution of China and the customs and ideas of its people.

To an outside observer it seems most important that the inherited means of social action and regulation should be utilized in building up the new political institutions of China. The values which have been created through long action and experience in the . . .

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