US Rejoin UNESCO After 5-Year Absence, Citing Concerns Over China’s Growing Influence

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US Rejoin UNESCO After 5-Year Absence, Citing Concerns Over China’s Growing Influence

The United States formally rejoined UNESCO on Tuesday, after a five-year absence. The decision was made by the Biden administration, which cited concerns over China’s growing influence in the organization.

UNESCO is the United Nations’ cultural, educational, and scientific agency. It was founded in 1945 with the goal of promoting peace and understanding through international cooperation in these areas. The United States was a founding member of UNESCO, but it withdrew in 2017 under the Trump administration.

The Trump administration cited several reasons for its withdrawal, including UNESCO’s alleged anti-Israel bias and its management problems. However, the Biden administration has said that it is rejoining UNESCO because it believes that the organization is still important to the United States’ interests.

Specifically, the Biden administration is concerned about China’s growing influence in UNESCO. China has been a member of UNESCO since 1980, and it has been increasingly assertive in the organization in recent years. For example, China has blocked resolutions critical of its human rights record.

The Biden administration believes that the United States needs to be a part of UNESCO in order to counter China’s influence and to ensure that the organization is not used to promote China’s political agenda.

The US rejoining UNESCO is a significant development. It shows that the United States is committed to working with the international community to promote peace and understanding through culture, education, and science. It also sends a message to China that the United States will not cede its influence in these areas.

US formally rejoins UNESCO after five-year absence

 

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