This year was a big one for China, and 2020 is likely to be much the same — if not more intense, given the range of issues involving the United States and far beyond. For our last episode of the year, UN-Scripted looks at how China’s rise internationally is reflected at the United Nations.
To do so, PassBlue reporter Stéphanie Fillion discusses two declarations that emerged from a UN committee in New York examining the human-rights situation of the Uighurs in the Chinese province of Xinjiang and the lobbying by China among the UN’s 192 other member states to shut any criticism down. The declarations — a Western-alliance one versus one led by Belarus — reveal how China’s investments in Africa, Central Asia, South Asia and elsewhere, initially sold as “no strings attached” development projects, may come with demands after all.
The statements also reveal the reluctance of a majority of UN member states to take a stance against China, especially on human rights. UN-Scripted also looks at China’s broader rise at the UN, from a recent envoy appointment to the Great Lakes region in Africa to the behavior of China’s new ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun.
On the second part of the episode, you will hear from UN Under Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo, the head of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and a US citizen, about her career, the challenges of including more women in peace talks and what it’s like to visit four countries in nine days. This half of the episode is drawn from an exclusive interview done by Joanne Myers with DiCarlo in November 2019.
To hear the full episode about China and DiCarlo, download PassBlue’s podcast, UN-Scripted, or go to Patreon, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, Stitcher, TuneIn, iTunes or Google Play. — STÉPHANIE FILLION and KACIE CANDELA with research by Brianna Lyman