| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Before assuming its presidency … a warning of China’s “hijacking” of UN Security Council

An American expert called on the United States and other members of the UN Security Council not to allow China to exploit the council when it takes over the rotating presidency this month.

“Don’t let China hijack the council. The United States and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council ( P5 )should protect the integrity of the council and expose China’s deception,” said Morgan Lauren Vena, a national security expert.

In an article published on the National Interest Webasite, she stated that the United Nations and the Security Council are “an easy goal for Beijing to achieve maximum influence.” As one of the five permanent members of the Council, it has the right of veto, and has repeatedly used this right against Council decisions. Of these, nine since 2011, eight on Syria and one on Venezuela.

She stated in the article that although assuming the presidency of the council seems celebratory, Beijing will use this opportunity to “shape the world order according to its own narrative,” a novel that “distorts the reputation of democracy and protects dictators from accountability.”

She points out that the countries holding the presidency form the official agenda of the Council, in a way that reflects their national priorities.

When the United States assumed the presidency, in April 2017, the former permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, added discussion of human rights issues to the agenda, while China and Russia initially objected, arguing that these issues were not closely related to the work of the Council.

And when China last assumed the presidency, in March 2020, at a time when the world was fighting the emerging corona virus, Beijing refused to hold a council meeting to discuss the issue, under the pretext that it is “outside the scope of the council and a public health issue.”

The author believes that when Beijing chairs the council, it will seek “approval” for distributing “its vaccine against the suspicious Corona in most parts of the African continent as a global public good.”

The writer also expected that China would use the council as a “political tool” in its attempts to undermine democracy and the liberal values adopted by the United States and its partners and allies, noting in this regard its position on the United States’ support for the democratic movement in Hong Kong, and the sanctions imposed on it due to the genocide of the Uyghur minority, which is What called her to hold a summit of the Security Council of the five permanent members, amid what she described as “the increasing global political turmoil” and “the destructive nature of the intentions of the United States.”

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