Qu Dongyu met Pope Francis in Rome after being elected to lead the FAO, which is based in the Italian capital. Photo: Twitter

Why does new Chinese head of UN food agency feed US suspicion?

  • Beijing’s vice-minister for agriculture Qu Dongyu takes over at the United Nations’ biggest technical agency in August
  • His election furthers China’s advance at the UN as US slashes its funding of international bodies
Topic |   China-Africa relations

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Qu Dongyu met Pope Francis in Rome after being elected to lead the FAO, which is based in the Italian capital. Photo: Twitter
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Qu Dongyu reacts after being appointed the new director general of the FAO in Rome on Sunday. Photo: EPA-EFE

UN food agency FAO may face more US scrutiny with Chinese national Qu Dongyu at the helm

  • World will be watching the UN’s food and agriculture agency when its new director general takes over in August
  • Having greater influence at the body could give China ‘another point of entry’ into countries, alongside the Belt and Road Initiative
Topic |   United Nations

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Qu Dongyu reacts after being appointed the new director general of the FAO in Rome on Sunday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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