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Russia and China protecting the contemporary world order

Rivista di Studi Politici Internazionali. 2016. Vol. 83. No. 4. P. 539-553.
Entina E., Entin M.
The starting point for a lot of legal and political science publications concerning global issues appeared lately in the USA and countries of the EU is that Russia and China are renegade powers trying to undermine existing postmodern world economic and political order. Some authors in other regions, even in Russia and China themselves, follow such an erroneous approach. In real life the situation is entirely different. The world order that emerged after the end of World War II was created with decisive Moscow participation. Moscow made a major contribution to its establishment. It entirely suits interests both of Russia and modern China. The main pillars of this world order are sovereign equality of States, noninterference in their internal matters, international cooperation and the prohibition of the use of force. After the dissolution of the USSR it was the balance of powers in the framework of the same world order that has changed drastically, not the world order itself. The so called Western democratic nations made their best to get profit out of this global shift of power to their benefit. They tried to acquire the legal right to use different types of force unilaterally and to interfere in internal life of other States on different grounds, proclaiming that postmodern developments changed the essence of the notion of sovereignty. They pretend that they succeeded to do this and to persuade others. It is not true. They failed. Russia and China managed to preserve the core values of the post-World War II order. They stick to modern international law and they are its most important protectors and promoters. All their recent global political, nonproliferation and economic initiatives are a proof of it.