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China and Russia Attack Unilateralism at the UN

Feb. 25, 2015 (EIRNS)—The foreign ministers of Russia and China spoke out strongly against unilateralism and attacks on sovereignty, at a Feb. 24 United Nations Security Council special conference on “Maintaining International Peace and Security: Reaffirm the Strong Commitment to the Purposes of the Charter of the United Nations.” This put them directly at odds with the wild geopolitical rantings made by the Ambassadors to the UN from the United States, Samantha Power, and from Britain, Mark Lyall Grant. Thus, the meeting was a venue for a direct clash between the BRICS dynamic toward prosperity and peace, and shrill demands for military actions, and even changing the UN Charter.

The event was convened by China, president of the Security Council for February (which rotates monthly), and brought together representatives from some 80 countries, who spoke for five minutes each. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi presided.

On the sidelines, Wang met with Russia’s spokesman, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after which the two of them reiterated the commitment of their nations to work together to, “maintain high-level exchanges, continue to support each other, and strengthen communication and coordination on significant international and regional hotspot issues,” reported Xinhua on Feb. 24.

Wang, in his conference address, hit directly at US unilateralism, according to Xinhua. “In China’s view,” he said,

“any unilateral move that bypasses the Security Council is illegal and illegitimate. The Security Council needs to take more precautionary measures to forestall conflict and act in a timely manner to stop warfare so as to restore peace and promote reconstruction as early as possible.”

Wang pointed out that no country in the world is entitled to impose its own will on others or to topple the legitimate governments of other countries.

“We should make sure that justice, not hegemony, will prevail in the world,” he said. As BRICSPost noted, with understatement, Wang’s point was “an apparent jibe at the US.”

Wang said,

“We should work with each other with a win-win, not zero-sum approach. We call upon all countries to come together to share rights and obligations and uphold justice while pursuing interests.”

Lavrov’s speech was equally tough; he included specifics on the Washington/London record, as in the case of “Western” intervention and destruction in Serbia, Libya, and Iraq.