The speech of the Chinese dictator Xi Jinping at the United Nations General Assembly (U.N.), in which he defended multilateralism and the rule of law, aroused strong criticism from specialists in international issues.
On Tuesday, on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Xi assured that “China will continue to be a true follower of multilateralism” and that “it will firmly uphold the U.N.-centered international system, firmly uphold the international order underpinned by international law.”
“These are reasonable requests, but strange coming from Xi,” said Zack Cooper, a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute.
The expert strongly questioned the Chinese dictatorship, highlighting Xi’s hypocrisy on human rights issues, the rule of law, and multilateralism.
“Is the Communist Party pursuing ‘justice’ in Xinjiang?,” Cooper wondered about the shocking reports that have come to light, exposing the forced labor camps where the Uighur minority is confined.
He also questioned whether Beijing respects the rule of law in Hong Kong after enforcing its controversial national security law.
“The Communist Party should embrace justice, rule of law, cooperation, and real action at home before calling for others to follow those principles abroad,” the specialist said to the Washington Free Beacon.
In a dialogue with the same media, Heritage Foundation expert Brett Schaefer shared similar concerns about Xi’s speech, citing the example of the latent conflict in the China Sea.
“It is ironic to see China urging the United Nations to uphold the rule of law and calling for mutual respect and equality among all nations since it rejected the ruling against Beijing by the Permanent Court of Arbitration of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which China has ratified, and continues to illegally claim control over areas of the South China Sea,” Schaefer said.
The expert also questioned whether Xi highlighted in his speech his commitment to the World Health Organization (WHO). This entity has been strongly criticized by the international community precisely because of its complicity with the Chinese dictatorship during the coronavirus pandemic, also called the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
The Chinese leader’s words are striking in light of recent reports showing how the collaboration between the WHO and the Chinese dictatorship during the spread of the CCP virus caused tens of thousands of people to die and millions of jobs to be destroyed worldwide.
Moreover, Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee released a 90-page document this week accusing the CCP and the WHO of costing China and the world thousands of lives and worsening the pandemic by leading a coronavirus response tailored to China’s domestic interests.
In the same vein, U.S. President Donald Trump told the U.N., “We must hold accountable the nation, which unleashed this plague onto the world, China.”
“The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” the president said.
“The lack of transparency and cooperation by Beijing in reporting the COVID-19 (CCP Virus) outbreak directly contributed to its spread, which led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, and trillions of dollars in lost economic output,” said Schaefer.
The specialist explained that with Xi’s speech before the United Nations, “Beijing is again trying to avoid responsibility for its actions and the WHO has, shamefully, assisted China in this effort.”
“China supports the international order and international law only so far as it can use that system to advance its interests, as evidenced by its belligerence toward its neighbors, its depredations against its own people, and its support for and willingness to use its veto to protect the most destabilizing countries in the world like North Korea,” he concluded.