Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
China is Blatantly Trying to Strong Arm the U.N.
Thursday, September 23, 2021

 
With North Korea test firing ballistic missiles last week, you might ask “Where’s the United Nations?” 
 
There are a series of international sanctions aimed at North Korea’s nuclear program.
 
These sanctions are in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions passed in the wake of previous North Korean nuclear tests and ballistic missile tests.
 
There is a UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea that is charged with monitoring these sanctions.
 
The Wall Street Journal has reported that an expert panel working on a report for this UN committee has faced roadblocks from the Chinese representative, supported by the Russians in some cases.
 
China and Russia supported these sanctions, but now they appear to be running interference for North Korea.
 
The expert panel is supposed to report the facts, not represent national governments.
 
It’s blatantly clear that the Chinese representative is doing the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party.
 
The footnotes with dissenting comments are anonymous, but there’s no doubt where they came from.
 
In one case, it’s as petty as insisting that a reference to a company with “Taiwan” in its name should include an assertion that Taiwan is a province of China.
 
Everyone knows China is obsessed with making others pretend that Taiwan is not a country.
 
That leaves no doubt where these objections are coming from. You can draw a straight line back to General Secretary Xi.
 
The bigger problem is that other objections seem designed to minimize and paper over violations of sanctions.
 
That as good as confirms suspicions that China has been helping North Korea evade the sanctions it supported and claims to support.
 
Xi probably thinks that letting North Korea run wild with its nuclear weapons program will cause problems for the West.
 
That’s shortsighted.
 
It can’t be in China’s interests to have a nuclear-armed and unstable regime as a next-door neighbor.
 
Xi’s strategy of sowing chaos is playing with fire.

It is dangerous not just for U.S. interests, but for China and the world.