China-US: between microstates and superpowers
Small states paly a big role in global geo-politics. This is due to several reasons: geography, economics, representation in diplomacy, number of exchanges, liberalisation and modernity of their systems. Large powers such as Washington and Beijing base their relations in multilateral bodies through a focus on small nations and micro-states. The division between the small and large powers was defined by the Treaty of Chaumont in 1814 and it is in multilateralism that small countries influence the larger states; In the United Nations General Assembly in New York, each of the 193 member countries has one vote, with a proportionally greater role for microstates, which are small in territory and population.