Biden’s decide on for UN put up suggests US will counter China’s agenda

A veteran overseas company officer, Linda Thomas-Greenfield will confront challenging questions on Tuesday in her confirmation hearing for America’s ambassador to the United Nations on irrespective of whether she’ll counter China’s authoritarian agenda and interact in “individuals-to-individuals diplomacy.”

In prepared remarks, Thomas-Greenfield speaks of China’s diplomatic inroads during the Trump administration, which pursued an “America Initial” plan that weakened international alliances. And she can make very clear there will be a modify under President Joe Biden to reengaging internationally and endorsing American values, in accordance to excerpts of her Wednesday testimony to the Senate Overseas Relations Committee received by The Linked Press.

“When The usa reveals up — when we are constant and persistent — when we exert our influence in accordance with our values — the United Nations can be an indispensable institution for advancing peace, stability, and our collective very well-being,” she says.

Alluding to the absence of US world wide management for the duration of Donald Trump’s four-12 months presidency, Thomas-Greenfield states: “If alternatively we walk away from the desk, and make it possible for other folks to fill the void, the international group suffers — and so do American passions.”

She then turns to China, which has develop into a major participant on the global stage in new a long time and much additional outspoken on a assortment of international concerns at the United Nations and somewhere else. Beijing also has occur underneath sharp criticism from the US and numerous other nations for its cure of extra than 1 million Uighurs and users of other Chinese Muslim minority groups and for its delayed announcement of COVID-19, which was very first identified Wuhan.

“We know China is functioning throughout the UN system to drive an authoritarian agenda that stands in opposition to the founding values of the establishment — American values,” Thomas-Greenfield states. “Their good results depends on our continued withdrawal. That will not transpire on my view.”

If verified by the Senate, Thomas-Greenfield would be neither the 1st African American nor the 1st female, nor even the initially African American girl, to serve as US ambassador to the United Nations. But she is a groundbreaking diplomat nonetheless.

She joined the State Division a lot more than 3 many years back, when Black gals were being even extra of a rarity in the US diplomatic corps than they are nowadays, and she is the most expert diplomat of the six people named by Biden for best nationwide security positions.

“Throughout my occupation, from Jamaica to Nigeria, Pakistan to Switzerland, I have realized that efficient diplomacy signifies more than shaking palms and staging image ops,” Thomas-Greenfield says in her prepared remarks.

 “It suggests producing genuine, robust associations,” she says. “It suggests getting frequent floor and running points of differentiation. It usually means doing authentic, previous-fashioned, individuals-to-folks diplomacy.”

Thomas-Greenfield stresses that American management need to be rooted in the country’s core values — “support for democracy, regard for universal human legal rights, and the advertising of peace and security.” She states she also will again reforms that make the UN “successful and helpful” and claims to establish “a potent partnership” with the Senate International Relations Committee.

By Edith M. Lederer/AP