In 2018, President Xi Jinping said China would “take an active part in leading the reform of the global governance system”, as part of an effort to build “a community with a shared future for humanity”.
That message was vague enough to attract little attention, until the Covid-19 pandemic arrived, bringing upheaval and uncertainty, along with the potential to redraw the map of global power and influence. The question then became: what would China’s role in global governance reform look like?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been at the forefront of that debate – and become the political football – given its frontline role in coordinating the fight against the disease. Critics – US President Donald Trump prominent among them – were not impressed by the WHO, saying it praised Beijing’s response to the outbreak while glossing over its delayed action when the coronavirus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Read the full story and more in the South China Morning Post.