Sovereignty

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Sovereignty

The legal right of a state to govern its own affairs in its own territory without outside interference. Sovereignty may reside with an individual (such as a monarch, sometimes known as a sovereign), a body (such as a parliament) or with the populace as a whole. The notion of sovereignty is less clear in federal governments like the U.S. and Canada, as sovereignty is split between the national government and the regional governments. This is a matter of considerable controversy in some countries.
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Citing China's statement saying "the islands in the South China Sea (SCS) have been China's territory since ancient times, and China has the right to safeguard its territorial sovereignty", Major General Astana said it indirectly means that the world must accept whatever China claims as part of Qing dynasty or any other historical period as per it's convenience, as sovereign territory of China.
The SNP have some serious questions to answer about how they would support, replace or supplement these jobs under independence as the UK Government insist they will not build warships outside of their sovereign territory.
China considers Taiwan a part of its sovereign territory and has pledged to push for reunification.
interstate market for sovereign territory could encourage useful
The Libyan government tried to distance itself from the raid, but militants and other Libyans have been furious that American forces carried out the operation on sovereign territory.
In the past decade, Russia has made every attempt to claim the Arctic sea floor as its sovereign territory -- purposely with the intention of exploiting the natural resources there.
The petitioners had asked the court to order the Pakistani government "to immediately assert its state sovereignty and convey forcefully to the United States in clear terms that no further drone attacks will be tolerated on its sovereign territory.
The advert concludes: "The islands have never been governed by or formed part of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Argentina.
The meeting also called on Iran to end its occupation of the three islands that it said, 'were sovereign territory of the UAE'.
While the map does not show the Diaoyu Islands, the subject of heated exchanges with Japan in recent months, it visibly marks the South China Sea -- almost to Indonesian waters -- as sovereign territory.
sovereign territory of South Sudan," Barnaba Benjamin Marial told
That is easy enough to understand when European states essentially would be pocketing taxes for emissions by non-European carriers over the sovereign territory of non-European states".