Linda Thomas-Greenfield, former assistant secretary of state for African affairs within the US Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, beforehand drew criticism from Republican senators who accused her of “cheerleading” and “embracing the Chinese Communist Party” after she referred to Beijing as a “strategic adversary.”
With a Tuesday afternoon vote of 78-20, the US Senate voted to verify Thomas-Greenfield as the brand new US ambassador to the United Nations.
Thomas-Greenfield, who started working beneath the State Department nearly 40 years in the past, delivered remarks final month stating that, if confirmed, she would have interaction in “people-to-people diplomacy” to counter China’s so-called world agenda.
Her supplied stance appeared to align with US President Joe Biden’s dedication to rebuilding relationships and agreements misplaced in recent times. Within the previous a number of weeks, the US president has rejoined the Paris Agreement, UN Human Rights Council and UN World Health Organization, which former US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from simply final yr.
China’s $1 trillion ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, which seeks to deepen financial relations between Asia, Africa and Europe, as “a win-win-win situation” for the US throughout a 2019 speech at Savannah State University’s Confucius Institute.
Thomas-Greenfield described China as a “strategic adversary” whose ruling social gathering is a menace to the values and safety of the US and its neighbors. She emphasised that in her speech, she was talking of the significance to preserving the US affect in Africa whereas being life like about offers between Beijing and African nations.
She famous that Africa was beforehand “sort of a pawn in the Cold War, and my conversation there was to say that Africans can no longer allow themselves to be a pawn.”
Cruz acknowledged there was rising concern over “a pattern of Biden administration nominees of consistently moving towards and embracing the Chinese Communist Party.”
“It was not my intention, nor do I think that I cheered on the Chinese Communist Party,” she replied. “This is one speech in my 35-year career, and I do regret that speech.”