BBC Chinese recently reported that the 25 established members of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources failed for the fourth time to reach an agreement to establish two Marine Protected Areas in East Antarctica to preserve the original ecological environment. Most of the members of the Convention supported the proposal that the United States and New Zealand submitted. However, since the passage requires approval of all member countries, the proposal was dropped after Russia and China vetoed it. Australia, France and the European Union jointly submitted another proposal for a smaller protected area, but it was also rejected. The Antarctic Ocean Alliance, which represents several environmental protection organizations, said that the Russian and Chinese obstruction “shocked” them. As a result, they expressed doubt that the Convention would ever have the ability to deliver on any promises.
Source: BBC Chinese, November 1, 2014