China’s top diplomat had an interesting rejoinder to Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s call in Anchorage this month to “strengthen the rules-based international order.” Such an order already exists, answered Politburo member Yang Jiechi. It’s called the United Nations.
Many people have grown used to thinking of the United Nations in recent decades as an annoying talk shop, created with the noblest intentions but increasingly a morass of bureaucracy and mutual back-scratching. But for China and Russia, the United Nations is increasingly the venue for unsubtle power plays — often ignored by the United States — that could shape the new world order that’s emerging.
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