A top US State Department official has been tasked with countering “malign influences” of China and others at the United Nations, the agency confirmed on Thursday. “Mr [Mark] Lambert, a career Foreign Service officer, has been assigned to the Bureau of International Organisation Affairs as a member of a diverse team of diplomatic professionals working to ensure the integrity of multilateral institutions,” a State Department spokeswoman said. Exclusive: State Department Appoints New Special Envoy, Mark Lambert, to Counter Chinese Influence at UN and other global institutions. https://t.co/spI1dHwirI — columlynch (@columlynch) January 22, 2020 “This includes countering the malign influences of the PRC and others in the UN system,” the spokeswoman said, using the acronym for the People’s Republic of China. Foreign Policy magazine reported on Wednesday that Lambert, most recently the US special envoy for North Korea, would be moving into this role. China’s secrecy on nuclear arms a ‘threat to stability’, US says The post appears amid scepticism about multilateral institutions within US President Donald Trump’s administration. Trump has repeatedly publicly criticised institutions such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. On Wednesday, a senior State Department official told reporters that China had not repatriated North Korean workers by a December 22 deadline, in violation of United Nations sanctions. The Chinese embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.