China flexes its muscles at the UN

Flaunting its role as a great power, China is wielding expanding influence in a United Nations weakened by the battering it has taken from the Trump administration. Its financial contributions are increasing, as are the number of leadership posts taken by Chinese nationals at the UN specialised agencies. This influence becomes problematic when the focus is human rights.  After visiting the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos and the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations in January 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping caused a sensation by positioning himself as the guarantor of the international order and the UN in a world that was shaken by the arrival of Donald Trump at the White House. As the world’s second-biggest economy and its most important industrial centre, China has accounted for 30% of global economic growth for several years. Under Xi Jinping’s leadership, it is also issuing loud and clear demands for its due position in the structures of the UN ...
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