June 24, 2020

China's Publicized WHO Fundraising Drive Falls Short of Hype

Featuring Kristine Lee

Source: Voice of America

Journalist John Xie

A highly touted Chinese drive to raise funds for the World Health Organization, launched after President Donald Trump announced he was ending financial support for the WHO, has raised less than $10,000 in its first month, according to data posted on the fund's website.

The numbers reveal what critics say is a routine gap between Beijing's high-profile public statements of support for international institutions and its actual follow-through.

Beijing's announcement May 20 for the charity drive included international media coverage and an appearance via videoconference by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director-general, who thanked officials for the plan "to facilitate donations from people and companies across China to support these life-saving efforts."

Read the full article and more in Voice of America.

Authors

  • Kristine Lee

    Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Kristine Lee is an Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she focuses on U.S. alliances and partnershi...