TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The United Nations have adopted new budget calculations for the period between 2019 and 2021, and for the first time ever, China is to take over Japan as the second biggest contributor.
According to Yahoo News, spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry Hua Chun-ying said the change was a “result of China’s status as the world’s second largest economy, recent GNI per capita growth, and the rise of China’s international influence.”
China’s share of the U.N. budget has risen from 7.92% to 12.01% overall. The country remains the second largest contributor in terms of peacekeeping provisions, with budget contributions rising from a previous 10.24 percent to 15.22 percent.
The U.S. is still the largest U.N. budget contributor. Up until this year, it paid 28 percent of its peacekeeping budget and 22 percent of its total budget. President Donald Trump, an avid critic of the organization, led the decision to downsize total contributions to US$220 million, or 25 percent.
The U.N. budget share is adjusted every three years so that states can contribute a fair amount in accordance with data on their domestic economy including current GNI.
Japan’s share of the budget falling reflects the increasing gap between its own and China’s economy, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The news source points out the country’s share could fall further in the future, weakening its bid to become a potential permanent Security Council member.
Despite its increasing contributions to the organization, China continues to flout U.N. conventions regarding human rights, and continues to block human rights reviews from taking place. Human Rights Watch have commented that China’s intention is to steer U.N. resolutions so that citizens can no longer hold authoritarian governments accountable for their actions and abuses.