How China has been seizing control at the UN and WHO

Geoff Ward
4 min readFeb 22, 2024

China indirectly controls the World Health Organisation with the discreet help of ‘friendly’ states in emerging countries to whom it pays money in exchange for their votes, claims veteran French journalist Pierre-Antoine Donnet, author of a new book, China, the Super Predator: A Challenge for the Planet, out this month (February, 2024).

Donnet, a former Beijing correspondent who speaks Mandarin, told me: ‘The WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected with the active support of China and its allies and friends. In return, he first closed his eyes on the origin of the covid-19 virus before becoming more vocal and criticising China’s opacity on the matter.’

The WHO is currently embroiled in controversy over its proposed ‘pandemic treaty’ and amendments to the International Health Regulations which, critics insist, will encroach on the sovereignty of member countries, reduce the individual’s right to decide on health, curb freedom of speech, and, with an ability to declare a pandemic, impose controls on travel, communication, assembly and the workplace. See my recent article ‘Call for Ireland’s UN team to reject WHO’s ‘pandemic treaty’’).

China’s steady infiltration of UN affairs is one of many startling scenarios revealed in Donnet’s book which warns of the communist regime’s bid for world domination — albeit that this ambition is now beset by geopolitical difficulties — and how China, with Russia, poses the main threat to Western democracy. Donnet also details China’s human rights abuses against the Uyghurs, Tibetans and Mongols, its silencing of all forms of dissent, and its repression of Hong Kong.

China, the Super Predator was first published in French in 2021 and has now been updated for the English edition and includes an afterword by Donnet.

He said: ‘China has in recent years considerably strengthened its presence at the UN headquarters in New York, where it now has an efficient lobbying operation. According to my own sources there, ‘There are dozens of ‘little hands’ all over the UN premises, ‘interns’ without official status. We see them everywhere’.’

Indeed, totalitarian China with its ruling Communist Party, is the second-largest contributor to UN budgets and peace-keeping…

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Geoff Ward

Writer, journalist, book editor, poet, musician and tutor in literature and creative writing (MA and BA Hons degrees in English literature).