Chinese, Russian Foreign Ministers at UNSC Denounced Unilateralism

February 25, 2015

The foreign ministers of Russia and China spoke out strongly against unilateralism and attacks on sovereignty, at February 23rd's U.N. 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 U.N. 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 U.N. 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 today.

Wang, in his conference addess, hit directly at US unilateralism, according to Xinhua. He said:

"In China's view, 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."

Xinhua reported,

"Wang said China calls upon all countries, major countries in particular, to step up awareness of cooperation and abandon the mind-set of confrontation, working hard to resolve major problems hampering the world's peace and regional development through consultations." Wang said, "The old mindset of confrontation should be discarded, and consultation and cooperation among the parties should be encouraged if we are to address the major issues affecting world and regional peace and development."

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 today, 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.