China and Russia: Obstinate again

China and Russia chose to distinguish themselves from the global community in opposing United Nations’ efforts to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a penalty for attacking his own people. While they supported weaker reprimands from the Security Council and both professed to a desire to find a peaceful resolution, whose side they were on was evident.

Fast forward to this week as the UN considers potential sanctions of both Sudan and South Sudan for failing to deescalate the crisis in the south.

China and Russia indicated that they would oppose a draft resolution that threatens both Sudan and South Sudan with “additional measures” under Article 41 of the U.N. charter. Because Article 41 allows the UN to impose sanctions on nations who refuse to comply with its decisions, China is balking.


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