Miroslav Lajcak, president of the U.N. General Assembly, said in an interview Monday that he welcomes China’s growing role at the U.N. as the communist country rises as a key power in world affairs.
In an interview with the Chinese state-run outlet Xinhua, Lajcak praised the Asian monolith’s promise to establish a China-U.N. peace and development fund to the tune of $1 billion. The outlet reports that he said that China has emerged as one of the main contributors to the U.N. budget.
“I am also heartened by China’s pledge to join the new UN Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (PCRS) and take the lead in setting up a permanent peacekeeping police squad and building a peacekeeping standby force of 8,000 troops,” the Slovak diplomat told the state-controlled outlet.
China, one of the U.S.’s main geopolitical rivals, has clashed with the U.S. on issues such as North Korea at the U.N. However, it has also agreed to U.S. resolutions that imposed a broad range of sanctions on the rogue nation amid its aggressive military escalations.
The interview with Xinhua did not appear to cover North Korea, instead focusing on international projects such as the peacekeeping force, in which Lajcak reportedly praised China’s involvement in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the main globalist project being pushed by Secretary-General António Guterres.
The outlet noted that China was also one of the first countries to ratify the Paris climate change deal and has pumped $3.1 billion into South-South Cooperation Fund on Climate Change.
Lajcak praised China’s commitment to multilateralism in what could be seen as a veiled swipe at the Trump administration’s more hands-off approach to the United Nations.
“The United Nations should serve as a forum to address our common challenges. And it must also be a space to generate solutions for mutual benefit. This is the very essence of what the United Nations is about. We must position the multilateral system to better serve our people and deliver on their aspirations,” he said.
Trump has been a vocal skeptic of the United Nations and gave a boisterous defense of “America First” when he addressed the General Assembly in September. The Trump administration has also withdrawn from the U.N.’s cultural and educational body, UNESCO, and has mulled over pulling out of the anti-Israel Human Rights Council.
Adam Shaw is a Breitbart News politics reporter based in New York. Follow Adam on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.