President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the Unesco headquarters in Paris in 2014. His wife, Peng Liyuan, is a special envoy for Unesco’s campaign for girls’ and women’s education. Photo: AFP

China could take bigger role in Unesco after US withdrawal

Beijing wants to ‘contribute more to the organisation’ but withdraws candidate for top job at the heritage body, backing Egyptian candidate instead

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President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the Unesco headquarters in Paris in 2014. His wife, Peng Liyuan, is a special envoy for Unesco’s campaign for girls’ and women’s education. Photo: AFP
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