International flags fly outside the Secretariat building of the United Nations headquarters in New York in April 2018. Chinese citizens head four UN organisations. Photo: Bloomberg International flags fly outside the Secretariat building of the United Nations headquarters in New York in April 2018. Chinese citizens head four UN organisations. Photo: Bloomberg
International flags fly outside the Secretariat building of the United Nations headquarters in New York in April 2018. Chinese citizens head four UN organisations. Photo: Bloomberg
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

US paranoia over Chinese heads of UN bodies fails to recognise China’s genuine desire for international engagement

  • The American push against China’s candidate for the top job at the World Intellectual Property Organisation betrayed US disquiet over Chinese influence in international organisations
  • China, however, sees this as part of its re-engagement with the international community and has worked hard to learn and comply with regulations

International flags fly outside the Secretariat building of the United Nations headquarters in New York in April 2018. Chinese citizens head four UN organisations. Photo: Bloomberg International flags fly outside the Secretariat building of the United Nations headquarters in New York in April 2018. Chinese citizens head four UN organisations. Photo: Bloomberg
International flags fly outside the Secretariat building of the United Nations headquarters in New York in April 2018. Chinese citizens head four UN organisations. Photo: Bloomberg
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.