On the occasion of commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations this year, the White House issued an announcement in the name of US President Trump, designating October 24 as the United Nations Day. The announcement also repeatedly advertised the United States’ support for the United Nations and its commitment to the international community.
After reading the full text, it is deeply different from the reality… In the past few years, the United States on the multilateral diplomatic stage such as the United Nations has not always said that it is “America first”, and will “retire” at every turn, even due to membership fees. Are you in arrears? Let’s check the facts.
On September 25, 2018, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, US President Trump delivered a speech at the General Debate of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, defending the “America First” policy he has pursued since he took office and said he opposes globalism idea. According to many media reports in the United States
Trump’s speech caused delegates from many countries to shake their heads and frown. After the speech, Trump stepped off the podium amid “polite and cold applause.” Xinhua News Agency/Midland
[Original Announcement] “The United States has always been the largest and most reliable supporter of the United Nations and its purposes, and is proud of it.”
[Fact check] If this is the case, can the arrears of dues be paid up first?
Statistics show that as of September 30 this year, UN member states had unpaid regular budget assessments of US$1.497 billion, of which the United States alone owed US$1.09 billion
member states’ unpaid peacekeeping budget assessments totaled US$2.757 billion, of which the United States $1.388 billion in outstanding payments .
The editor used to be resident in the United States and ran through the UN news, briefly talking about the doorway inside. The so-called budget assessments are commonly known as membership dues, which are roughly divided into regular budget assessments and peacekeeping budget assessments. United Nations member states have a share, and the United States is the “first major arrearer . “
According to the latest data released by the World Health Organization, the United States has owed more than US$99 million in dues to the organization, accounting for 60% of all arrears.
In addition to arrears in dues, the United States sits on the “round table” of multilateralism, but always demands “America first”, and “ leaves the group” time and time again . In recent years, it has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement on climate change and UNESCO. , The United Nations Human Rights Council, the formulation process of the Global Compact on Migration…
[Original Announcement] “(US) This government has always believed that effective assistance depends on coordination in the field of global public health.”
[Fact Check] On May 29 this year, U.S. President Trump announced in a high profile at the White House press conference that the United States will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization and transfer the dues that should have been paid to the organization elsewhere.
U.N. Secretary-General’s spokesman Djarik said on July 7 that the United States had formally notified UN Secretary-General Guterres on July 6 that he would withdraw from the World Health Organization in July next year.
On May 29, US President Trump spoke at a press conference at the White House in Washington. He said that because the WHO “refuses to implement the reforms requested by the United States,” the United States will terminate its relationship with the WHO and transfer the dues paid to the organization elsewhere.
The United States withdrew again at a critical moment in the global fight against the pandemic, which attracted strong criticism from the international community and the United States.
As the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, as the most authoritative and professional international organization in the field of global public health security, WHO plays an irreplaceable central coordinating role in responding to the epidemic. This approach of the United States undermines international efforts to fight the epidemic, and in particular has a serious negative impact on developing countries that urgently need international support.
On October 4, in Washington, the capital of the United States, chairs were placed on the lawn on the south side of the White House. On the same day, 20,000 chairs were placed on the lawn on the south side of the White House to mourn the death of more than 200,000 new crowns in the United States.
[Announcement text] “The United States is pioneering an unprecedented path of prosperity, cooperation, and peace at home and around the world.”
[Fact Checking] The new crown epidemic is a mirror. Let’s talk about the United States first. The United States is currently the country with the highest number of confirmed and dead cases of new crown in the world. Due to the ineffective fight against the epidemic, the United States has not been able to control the epidemic. The U.S. economy has suffered heavy losses, the income of the people has fallen sharply, and the gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen.
According to data from the US Department of Commerce, the US GDP fell 5% at an annual rate in the first quarter. According to data from the US Department of Labor, from March to June this year, nearly 43 million people in the United States have applied for unemployment benefits.
On the international stage, since the outbreak of the epidemic, what the “America First” style has done has nothing to do with the spirit of “cooperation”.
The British “Guardian” reported on June 30 that the U.S. government has ordered more than 500,000 doses of the antiviral drug Remdesivir, which means that the drug’s production capacity in July and August and September’s production capacity 90% were bought out by the United States.
In the past few months, have there been few such examples?
Not only that, the United States always wields the big stick of unilateral sanctions. Even during this year’s COVID-19 pandemic, the United States continued to escalate its sanctions against Venezuela, Iran, Syria and other countries, causing further shortages of anti-epidemic and living supplies in these countries , aggravating humanitarian disasters, and strongly condemned by the international community.
[The last “Easter Egg”]
The Presidential Announcement issued by the White House was “very satisfied” with the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Program this year, and stated that the United States has been the “most generous supporter” of the World Food Program since 1961.
However, in the body of the announcement in the mass mail to the news media, the World Food Programme was written as the “Whole Food Program ” similar to the American food supermarket chain “Whole Foods” (Whole Foods). . Really embarrassing in capitals!
In the final analysis, as the spokesperson of the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations said on October 22, more and more countries have already realized that the United States is the world’s largest “troublemaker” and continues to “retire” and “broke contracts.”
It is the biggest threat to multilateralism to continue to selectively use some institutions to engage in political shows and serve the domestic political agenda.
The spokesman said that the world of the 21st century does not need a “cold war”, it needs cooperation. Under the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the United Nations does not need confrontation, it needs unity.
We want to maintain the same system, the international system with the United Nations at its core. We must follow the same set of rules, which are the basic norms of international relations based on the United Nations Charter.
We must adhere to the same type of multilateralism, that is, multilateralism based on equal dialogue and consultation, jointly responding to challenges, and sharing development results.