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Rogue Powers

  On July 12th, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague rejected China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, finding in favor of the Philippines in a case brought in 2013. Nevertheless, China has been taking a obstinate position toward the judgement. Not only China but also Russia and the U.S. frequently violate international law.                                            The Arbitration Tribunal completely rejected China's "Nine-dotted Line" claim, stating, "there was no evidence that China has historically exercised exclusive control over the water or resources." Nevertheless, China will obviously not accept the judgement, which will hurt China's reputation. However, we cannot force China to follow the decision.                                             In the "Arctic Sunrise" case, Russia took a similar course to China . Russia captured Green-peace members who had climbed on a watchtower in a Russian outpost in 2013. The Netherlands filed the incident for the Permanent Court of Arbitration, in which Russia refused to participate. The Arbitration Tribunal ordered Russia to compensate the Netherlands for the illegal capture. Nonetheless, Russia refused to to follow the decision. In addition, Russia militarily annexed Crimea in 2014. As a result, economic sanctions were imposed on Russia, and it was excluded from the group of 8.                                             In 1986, the International Court of Justice decided in a case brought by Nicaragua that the U.S.'s assistance to the anti-government militia was illegal, and ordered the U.S. to compensate Nicaragua. Nonetheless, the U.S. refused to follow the judgement. When Nicaragua brought a complaint to the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. exercised its veto power against the draft resolution. The U.S. was internationally condemned.                                       It's not uncommon that China, Russia and the U.S. violate international law, and exercise their veto rights for selfish reasons. The other Permanent Members, the U.K. and France, have overlooked China's invasion of Tibet while arbitrarily interfering with domestic matters of powerless countries, such as Myanmar via economic sanctions.                                             We should realize that the United Nations is ineffectual.   


  • 2019.03.31 Sunday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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