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I am pleased to write in honor of Bill Jones by reflecting here on the study of Chinese law, which has occupied us both since the early 1960s and has since grown far beyond its narrow scope at that time. In the pages that follow, I first survey the development and current state of the field by reviewing American scholarship on some major areas of Chinese law from those early days up to the present. I am also pleased to use this review as a vehicle for noting, in particular, some of Bill's contributions to our inquiries. Some related activities are addressed, such as scholarly exchanges and the relevance of foreign assistance to Chinese law reform. Then, against this background, I comment on the current scene and address the challenges that Chinese law continues to present to Western attempts at understanding China.


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