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Should America Be the Global Sheriff?   [Copy link] 中文

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In most successful countries, a key feature of governance is separation of powers. In essence this means, that key responsibilities of the government are separated from each other, the respective powers given to different people, and most importantly interference between powers is restricted.

The three main powers are legislative, executive, and judiciary powers.

Legislators make laws, but they don't enforce them.

State cabinet or other rulers implement the laws, for example by deciding how big police force is needed.

Judiciary courts oversee that laws are correcly inplemented and followed.

Chinese authorities and leaders also agree, that for example judicial independence (without government officials interfering in trials) is important and should be improved in the country.

In concept of international politics and "policing", same principles should apply. There are international laws and regulations that must be followed. If some country or group within country breaks those rules, then someone, or the whole world together, should act as police to see that criminal activities are stopped and criminals are punished.

But understandably China fails to follow this principle. I say understandably, because even though Chinese leaders agree that these principles should be also implemented in China, there is still long way to go. Until China can get its own act together in this perspective, I think it is understandable that China does not want to interfere in "other countries' affairs", even if those countries break some international laws.

Separation of powers in international context dictates, that if some laws are made together then everyone should follow those laws. If you disagree with some law, you can try to get the law changed, but until it is changed you are expected to follow the law that exists.

China's diplomatic reality has been cherry picking international laws that favor its own goals.

While contributing to global governance, China should be careful to not contribute the world the same same imperfections that made China a corrupt country.

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The basis of a stable peace would be that these policing powers be SHARED. And that they be carried-out within the United Nations. It is unfair to place so much burden on the US. China (and others) should lessen the US burden.
Without World Government we are DOOMED.

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teatree16 Post time: 2017-3-18 17:34
Would other countries like China  take more responsibility in maintaining a peaceful world by using  ...

That's funny

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Ideally there should be several sheriffs. A single sheriff will fall victim to his own prejudices and subjective judgements. However, who might be Uncle Sam's partner in policing the world? The two most likely candidates were the former Soviet Union and China, now Russia and China. How much trust do these two rogues deserve? Remember, China made common cause with the U.S. sheriff in Afghanistan in ousting the Soviets, and again in Angola where it supported the UNITA terrorists in order to weaken the Soviets' influence there.

So perhaps the world police should be run by smaller, neutral and nonaligned countries. Never by big powers.

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emanreus Post time: 2017-3-18 18:43
Indeed,
they DID and will  faile as Global Sheriff...

Wrong.

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sfphoto Post time: 2017-3-18 18:55
The USA can hardly function as a country, how can the USA masquerade as an empire?

What about the Chinese empire? How many years has it functioned properly???

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JFenix Post time: 2017-3-18 20:05
No.  Absolutely not.  Especially now.  There can be no trust in Trump to do the right thing.



Wasn't it you who supported the Obama administration's plan of sending military forces to Nigeria to quell a local conflict???

Meanwhile Nigeria is falling apart, in the south the people want their Biafra back and in the northeast they want to split from the Nigerian state too.

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