Spotlight AFRICA Issue dated 31/08/2021

Beijing's secret campaign for the post of UN peacekeeping head, a job long held by France

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. © Reuters/Lucas Jackson
Over the last few months, China has been actively lobbying for the appointment of one of its diplomats to head the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). France has held this key post since 1997. A victory for Beijing would successfully wrap up a campaign launched 10 years ago to become a central player in UN operations. [...] (581 words)
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