The two-day United Nations General Assembly meeting has come to an end, and China appears to have escaped without being significantly criticized by world leaders for its human rights record or other controversial policies.
During the summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping was praised, albeit tentatively, by some leaders for not giving into the United States’ “zero-sum game” approach towards the country.
When it comes to human rights committee meetings, Chinese delegates largely defended the country’s policies but were not publicly criticized by leaders of other countries.
Overall, comments about China were largely diplomatic, signaling that exhaustion has set in among world leaders regarding the nation’s challenge to the United Nations’ authority and values.
But despite this, some analysts suggest that China’s influence in the international community should still be taken with suspicion. Furthermore, the Chinese government is still accused of propping up its own economy through massive stimulus spending, and human rights experts have noted that its policies remain far from what many countries would consider acceptable.