As world leaders attending the recent G-7 meeting in the UK pledged to face up to Beijing’s ostensibly increasing assertiveness, Chinese state media accused the US of “deliberately hyping up the so-called ‘China threat’”.
Warning of China’s ostensibly increasing strategic grip over United Nations agencies, the US intends to capitalise on its leverage in the UN to counter this “malign” influence, reported South China Morning Post (SCMP).
US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield is cited as telling the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Washington is hoping to forge an alliance to deal with issues such as the probe into COVID-19 origins and address alleged human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
While stopping short of bringing up the name of former President Donald Trump, Thomas-Greenfield said that years of Washington’s heightened focus on domestic affairs had allowed China to gain influence.
The current administration of Joe Biden, according to the cited official, intended to boost its engagement in global affairs. She added: “We’re working to enhance US leadership.”
In a reference to the UN Human Rights Council, which the Trump administration pulled the US out of in 2018, the diplomat said:
China has repeatedly dismissed accusations of human rights abuse against Uyghur Muslims, stating that so-called re-education camps in Xinjiang are training centres aimed at combating regional extremism.
Thomas-Greenfield said that while…