Hi Mel - well you might ask! Really fascinating.
1999 Feb 25 "on the extension of UNPREDEP in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
If you can work out why China vetoed this, please let me know. The best I can offer is that FYROM was very contentious in relation to wanting to use the name Macedonia, which Greece considered should be restricted to a part of Greece, hence the compromise name of FYROM.
1997 Jan 10 "Authorization for 155 observers for the purposes of verification of the agreement on the definite ceasefire in Guatemala"
Again the reason is less than clear.
Interestingly, the resolutions vetoed immediately after and before that were both Palestine questions and both vetoed by the US.
1999 March 7 "Calling upon Israel to refrain from East Jerusalem settlement activites"
1995 May 17 on the Occupied Arab Territories (East Jerusalem)
I think it would be fair to suggest China has a different agenda, and as it only vetoed twice, so far a much smaller agenda than the US.
Russias last veto:
Russia's last veto in 2004, April 21 strikes me as equally baffling:
"on the termination of the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)'s mandate and replacing it with the UN Settlement Implementation Mission in Cyprus (UNSIMIC)."
As I said, any illumination on why these issues excited those two countries while myriads of other issues did not, will be gratefully received!
If we go back to 1994 there is a Russian veto that sort of makes sense:
"on Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Transport of goods between the former Yugoslavia and Bosnia)"
With their support of Serbia the zone of interest is clear.