Vernuccio’s View: Should China Be Expelled from the UN ?

There is a growing argument that China should be expelled from the United Nations.

The U.N. was born to bring together the countries that defeated Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan and the other nations of the world together to promote a lasting peace following the end of World War II. The thought of inviting the post-Hitler and post-Tojo regimes into the organization was an important step.

A viable argument has been made that since the concepts of human rights and peaceful relations are supposedly the central themes of the organization, a government that has openly disdained those concepts should not be a full-fledged member of that international body.

Those supporting the Peoples Republic of China’s continued presence contend that other nations have committed objectionable acts, and challenge the notion of expelling Beijing. Those opposed maintain that there is a significant difference between governments that engage in an act or acts which some may find wrong, and those whose entire philosophy, and actions, directly contradict the UN’s founding principles.

World attention has been turned towards the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) due to its act of suppressing vital information about the COVID-19 outbreak. It has been argued that a government with any regard for the global community would not have acted as the Beijing regime did, and apparently still is doing.

China’s influence within the United Nations was significantly responsible for the extent of COVID’s planetary spread. The World Health Organization, which should have alerted global governments of the COVID danger, failed to do so because its Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gained his position largely through Chinese support and influence.

Opponents of Beijing’s continued membership note that China’s COVID-19 action is not the nations’ only offense which makes it unfit for membership, an argument made stronger by the recent violation of Hong Kong’s rights.

The US State Department reports that up to two million people have been sent by the regime of President Xi Jinping to concentration camps to suppress their religious, cultural or political beliefs. The repression extends beyond minority groups and political dissidents. Every Chinese citizen is subjected to harsh, Orwellian restrictions even in the most private and intimate portions of their lives. The CCP mandated married couples to restrict their reproductive rights to only one child, a move which has backfired in an extraordinary manner as the nation now faces a massive shortage of young women, since families believed it was in their interest to have sons instead of daughters.

Religion is deeply and continuously suppressed.

Helen Raleigh, an immigrant from China, has written in The Federalist that “China managed to conclude yet another year of…brutal persecution against religious believers. China Aid publishes a report on the ‘Chinese Government’s Persecution of Christians and Churches in Mainland China’ annually…In 2018 alone, more than 10,000 Protestant churches in China were forced to shut down.”

Like Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, China has been an international aggressor. Consider its actions towards Tibet, a peaceful nation that it invaded utterly without provocation in 1949. 1.2 million Tibetans were killed, over one in six of the total population. 6,000 monasteries have been destroyed. Thousands have been jailed.

Chinese naval forces have terrorized regional nations. Earlier this century, an international Court entered a judgement against Beijing’s aggression against the Philippines, a verdict which the outlaw nation wholly ignored.

Aggression against comparatively weak nations is not Beijing’s only threat to world peace. Its rate of spending on armaments has increased at a pace faster than that of either the United States or the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Beijing is not a signatory to any nuclear arms limitations accord.

Frank Vernuccio serves as editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy & Government

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