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Gaming The UN System: China Leverages Money, Political Influence

 Gaming The UN System: China Leverages Money, Political Influence

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) with WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Beijing in January last year. (Photo: fmprc.gov.cn)

NEW DELHI: Remember Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation, accused of helping cover up the origins of the coronavirus in China? Well, he’s on track to win a second term, unusually without the support of his own country Ethiopia (because he accused it of human rights violations in Tigray). How did this come to pass? Dr Tedros’ tenure at the WHO has been marred by controversy over his agency’s handling of the pandemic, the delay in notifying the spread of the virus and the reluctance to probe the origins of the virus in China. The accusation is that he deferred to Beijing as quid pro quo for the latter’s backing in May 2017 that saw him take over as WHO chief. A case of ‘you scratch my back, I scratch yours’....Read More

Surya Gangadharan

Thirty eight years in journalism, widely travelled, history buff with a preference for Old Monk Rum. Current interest/focus spans China, Technology and Trade. Recent reads: Steven Colls Directorate S and Alexander Frater's Chasing the Monsoon. Netflix/Prime video junkie. Loves animal videos on Facebook. Reluctant tweeter.

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