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Balance should be made between national sovereignty and international governance: Igor Ivanov

By Ni Tao, Zhao Dantong and Wang Xiangyu | People's Daily app

14:29, July 09, 2019

An appropriate balance should be made between national sovereignty and international governance in the 21st century, which is a profound problem in international politics, Igor Ivanov, former Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, said at the 8th World Peace Forum in Beijing on Monday.

He made the remarks when sharing his thoughts on the challenges to international security and regional and global stability. He said small countries or big countries are equally sensitive to their sovereignty and independence. No country would like any country to interfere in their internal affairs and no one is willing to accept the so-called international rules if they are imposed subjectively. 

At the same time, the world is becoming smaller and more crowded. In order to survive, human beings need to reconsider their traditional understanding of national sovereignty. Human society must also give international organizations more authority, and people should further implement international law, with efficiency and consistency.

He believes that China's rise is likely to change American hegemony in the post-Cold War era. It is very likely that the entire international system will remain unchanged in the next decade as a result of the formation of Sino-US co-governance in the coming decades. 

He said the world needs a more stable international order. If we fail to achieve this and stabilize the international order, it will be impossible for the United States and China to establish new international norms. It would also be impossible for the international system to improve substantially.

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