Aspects of Sovereignty: Sino-Swedish Reflections by Per Sevastik

By Per Sevastik

The general goal of this special quantity is to appreciate what results globalisation has had at the conventional perspectives of sovereignty, visible from a chinese language and eu, essentially Swedish, viewpoint. Does the cultural-historical technique have any worth in China this day or is it in simple terms visible as political memory with little or no genuine results within the wake of globalisation? What are the variations among diverse understandings of sovereignty in several elements of the area? How has the idea that replaced commonly as a result of a distinct foreign constitution, with for instance nearby integration gaining in value no longer least in Europe? those are a number of the underlying questions being addressed during this anthology. The authors are chinese language and Swedish students who supply reflections from the point of view of felony philosophy, public foreign legislations, foreign human rights legislation, fiscal legislations and diplomacy.

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Guanxi is governed largely by objective, rather than subjective, considerations, and is more about private than public matters. Once a relationship has been acknowledged, a special connection is understood as having been established. Consequently some special rules would be privately applied to the parties who have connections. Today China endeavours to build up some special connections with neighbouring countries in order to employ these special connections to help resolve the territorial and boundary disputes without third party involvement.

UN Charter Principles The principle of sovereign equality is found in Article 2(1) and is one of the core principles of the UN Charter. Sovereignty signifies the capacity to make authoritative decisions for the state that has an effect on the peo- 37 38 Chapter 2 – Per Sevastik ple and the territory of that state. Generally, however, the authority of the state is not absolute and is limited by constitutional and other power sharing limitations. There is also another corresponding obligation enshrined in Article 2(7) of the UN Charter for a state to respect other states’ sovereignty and to not intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state.

The Chinese government has more than once claimed that China never gives in to any outside pressure on principles related to China’s state sovereignty and territorial integrity. Frequently this hard line is justified with reference to China’s century of humiliation by Western powers, who devised the present system and intend to create a prospective “world law”. 13 14 Ogden, supra note 3, p. 10. The Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence were first articulated in their current form in the Sino-Indian Treaty of 29 April 1954, and consist of: mutual respect for each other’s territorial sovereignty and integrity, mutual non-aggression, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, peaceful co-existence.

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