Aug 28, 2008

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Says "Nyet"

Immediately following Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, we wondered "if other CIS members [would] follow Russia’s lead in recognizing the mini-states, especially Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the Tajiks.”

It looks like the SCO has given us an answer. Sorry soft power.

In fact, Legal Nihilist notes how the SCO meeting is playing in the press: “China and several Central Asian nations rebuffed Russia's hopes of international support for its actions in Georgia, issuing a statement Thursday denouncing the use of force and calling for the respect of every country's territorial integrity.” A mild rebuff, to be sure, but the lack of international follow-through can't be reassuring.

Did China just bitch slap Russia? Did Russia just lose Central Asia to the Middle Kingdom? Is this a big deal? -- Legal Nihilist

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