Foreign Policy Examines Shrinking Influence Of U.S. At U.N.
Foreign Policy: Senior Officials Concede Loss of U.S. Clout as Trump Prepares For U.N. Summit
“On the eve of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, two top State Department officials voiced alarm about America’s loss of diplomatic influence as China mounts an ambitious effort to fill the vacuum, according to an account of a confidential internal staff meeting. … Chinese nationals have seen increasing success competing for top jobs in the U.N. and other international organizations. In June, China outmaneuvered the United States in the campaign for the top job at the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization, delivering Washington a humbling defeat that U.N. watchers say is emblematic of Beijing’s growing clout in the international institutions the United States has pulled back from under Trump…” (Lynch/Gramer, 9/5).