It is an overstatement to say China has too much international influence, and the country’s development is based on multilateral order and a cooperative system, said an independent researcher with the Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford.

The current international system, with the United Nations (UN) playing a key role and promoting multilateralism and global cooperation, has been under serious strain as some major powers in the world today have forged a competitive relationship. Some even worry that China has too much influence globally.

However, according to Keith Lamb, the current international order actually favours Western countries, at least within the UN.

“The U.S. are now complaining that China’s influences are too big. To say China has too much influence in the UN, well I think this is overstating China’s hand. Essentially the UN, if you look at the permanent members, it’s very stacked in the favour of Western states. And so to say that China is unfairly influencing these other developing states that are voting with it, certainly their interests do coincide in many places, which is they all want development. They have a different view of what the world needs based on their own real experience,” Lamb said in an interview on Saturday.

He also said that the world is now threatened by hegemony.

“It seems to me that America doesn’t like multilateralism. It doesn’t like the multilateralism in the BRI (Belt & Road Initiative). It doesn’t like it when the UN votes against it as they have in Iran recently.

And even more worryingly is that America tends to go against multilateral efforts. It tends to go its unipolar way. It invades states that disagree with them, it blockades them, it put sanctions on them. The world is in a very dangerous state at the moment. It’s threatened by hegemony, essentially,” he said.

China, on the other hand, likes multilateralism

Said Lamb.

“Its (China’s) trade has been based on multilateral order and cooperating in the system that we have now, the UN, the WHO (World Health Organization), and the trading system as well,” he added.

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