Revelations that World Bank leaders pressured workers to forge an influential report on behalf of China have again shed light on the impact of Beijing’s rule on the UN system.
A recent investigation found that then-World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and then-chief executive Kristalina Georgieva, in her 2018 “Doing Business” report, exerted “undue pressure” on workers to boost China’s ranking. At the time, the World Bank’s leadership was “suffering from sensitive negotiations” for a capital increase, a move that increased China’s share among donors, investigators said. The leaders had repeated talks with senior Chinese officials who wanted to increase the country’s score to reflect the country’s reform initiatives.
The results from the probe have been fast. The World Bank announces the complete abandonment of the Doing Business report. Georgia, now head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has faced calls for her resignation, along with The Economist. The agitated chief, however, vehemently denied the findings of the investigation.
Analysts now say the scandal has further highlighted the negative effects of Chinese rule on important multilateral institutions.
Seth Cropsy, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, told The Epoch Times that China’s communist regime sees the existing international system as a threat to its interests. “So they want to break it down whenever possible.”
“Influence and membership and participation in international organizations bring them to the doorsteps they need to achieve that goal.”
And to achieve its goal, Kropsey said, Beijing is willing to use “bribery, threats of power, political pressure” and any other means.
History of collaboration
According to Michael Pilsbury, a Chinese expert, the World Bank played a key role in shaping the economic reform of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the 1990s, when the regime sought to push the country out of the backwaters.
Pillsbury writes in his book “The Hundred Year Marathon” that the World Bank secretly advised the CCP in early 1983. That year, World Bank officials met with CCP leader Deng Xiaoping. As a result, the bank agreed to study China and recommend how the regime could hold the United States economically in the next decade.
Although the donor published “some vague reports” on the need for China’s free market development, in the mid-1980s the World Bank approved a socialist approach to governance and “made no real effort in favor of a real market economy,” Pilsbury wrote.
Pillsbury told The Epoch Times in an email: “China will not stop its successful campaign so far to have the ultimate influence in all UN specialized agencies and to continue their success in getting benefits from the IMF and the World Bank.”
The IMF and the World Bank are among the 15 specialized agencies of the United Nations, of which the Chinese representatives are the three main ones. No other country leads more than one organization. Meanwhile, the International Civil Aviation Organization saw the departure of its Chinese chief in August, just after a seven-year term.
Pillsbury writes, “Since I wrote The Hundred Years Marathon six years ago, the Chinese have not faced any significant sanctions that would change their successful course and surpass the United States in global primitiveness.”
According to Pillsbury, the CCP’s only recent push into the UN system occurred when the Chinese candidate was voted top in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
In the run-up to the WIPO’s March 2020 election, the Trump administration sought to ensure that Wang Binyang, a Chinese government official, was notorious for his lack of protection of intellectual property. The organization is accused of defending these rights worldwide.
Wang ultimately defeated Darren Tank of Singapore, who had the support of the United States and other Western countries, by 28 to 55 votes.
“The Chinese thought they had a quick way out of it [position]Mike Pompeo, then US Secretary of State, also said in July 2020. We have a good candidate. … And We crushed them. It was an amazing diplomatic effort. ”
Pushing the Belt and Road through the UN
China’s governance system is to legitimize UN agencies and its comprehensive global infrastructure investment project, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The trillion-dollar plan has been criticized by U.S. officials for facilitating Beijing’s economic and military influence, while imposing a burden of stable debt on developing countries.
According to the 201 report of the Washington-based think tank Center for New American Security, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, a secretariat, is a key vehicle used in governance to promote the BRI. The report said Chinese officials have held top positions at the United Nations since 200, allowing the BRI to “lead Beijing to assimilate the organization through a wide network of Chinese citizens.”
Through these efforts, China’s governance has been able to package its BRI projects under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the report said, thus allowing UN resources to be directed towards Chinese-backed investments.
Under the leadership of Margaret Chan of Hong Kong, the WHO upgraded the BRI in the healthcare sector from 200 WHO to 201 from.
In January 2017, China signed a BRI memorandum on healthcare with China at a meeting with CCP leader Xi Jinping in Geneva. In May 2017, less than two months before his term ended, Chan visited Beijing and signed a work plan. After leaving the WHO, Chan immediately took a senior position in the CCP organization, which includes the Congress, the political advisory body, a political advisory body that is an important part of the regime’s internal and external influence efforts, known as “front front” work.
During his tenure, Chan appointed Xi’s wife, Major General Peng Liyuan, and Chinese state-run TV host James Chou as WHO’s goodwill ambassador, a role they still play today.
The current head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Gebreisas, who replaced Chan in July 2010, led the WHO delegation to the Belt and Road Forum for Health Co-operation in Beijing in August 2010. During his visit to China, Tedros signed a strategic agreement in support of the BRI, while the WHO received an additional 20 million from the government.
The memorandum, which has not been released between the WHO and China, will allow the Chinese government to exert its influence on the global hospital system, especially in the field of information, said Ian Easton, senior director of the Virginia-based think tank project 2049. Was done.
Easton said the agreement “paves the way for client states around the world to use Chinese technology, products and software in hospitals and other world health-related organizations.”
The World Bank and the IMF did not respond to questions from The Epoch Times about the CCP’s impact on the UN system. WHO officials also did not respond to requests for comment.
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