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China Appeals to International Community against Unilateral Sanctions

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China calls on the international community to resist unilateral sanctions, which some countries, such as the United States tend to introduce.

China is still calling for political solutions to be maintained in international conflicts, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The statement was made through a document highlighting the country’s position for the next UN General Assembly.

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly begins on September 18, and the General Debate at the high level will begin on September 25 and will last nine working days.

“The international community must be committed to the political settlement of important issues, intensify preventive diplomacy, support UN mediation efforts and oppose the threat of unilateral force or sanctions, international collective security, assumes primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

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Beijing stressed that member states should refrain from “circumventing” the authority of the UN Security Council.

This call comes as the era of US unipolarity ends with the emergence of Russia and China as several among an array of multipolar powers. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 ended the Cold War between the two superpowers and saw US supremacy emerge. However, China’s rise and Russia’s resurgence has ended this unipolarity despite desperate efforts by Washington to maintain this global hegemony. The increasing independence of the EU from the US, as well as the rise of India, and the growing independence of Latin America as a single economic bloc, have all been a part of this post-US hegemony process. 

Primarily for the international US empire, it modus operandi has seen it go to war in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria among others, however, rather than maintaining its hegemony, being militarily and financially bogged down in many conflicts has allowed for China and Russia, among others, to develop.

With China and Russia presenting themselves as balancers, states such as Venezuela and Syria who are sanctioned by the US can continue to maintain its sovereignty with the financial and military assistance from these states. This ultimately puts the US in a weaker position as they can no longer topple states and place puppets in their place, or create failed states.

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