US to counter China’s ‘malign’ influence on United Nations, says senior official

Washington will use its leverage in the United Nations to counter China’s harmful influence, stem Beijing’s strategic grip over UN agencies and build an alliance to investigate the source of Covid-19 and address human rights abuses in Xinjiang, a senior US official told Congress on Wednesday.“They exert enormous influence in the United Nations, and it’s malign … influence that promotes an authoritarian approach to multilateralism,” US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the House…