Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Nine African Governments Join China In Criticizing US at UNGA

 China's Global Times carried a Xinhua article dated 6 October 2020 titled "China, on Behalf of 26 Countries, Criticizes US, Other Western Countries for Violating Human Rights."

China's permanent representative to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, made a joint statement in the Third Committee of the UNGA criticizing the United States and Western countries for violating human rights, calling for the complete and immediate lifting of unilateral sanctions, and expressing grave concern on systematic racial discrimination.  China made the statement on behalf of 26 out of 193 members of the UNGA, including the following 9 African governments: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Namibia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.  

The good news for the United States is that only 9 of 54 African governments associated themselves with China's statement.  Most of them are authoritarian governments and not surprising collaborators.  But what is democratic Namibia doing on this list?  Sudan, although suffering from US sanctions, is trying hard to improve relations with Washington and is another surprise.  Even Angola is something of a surprise.  Most of the other 26 are the usual suspects such as Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, and Iran.  

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