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First Lady of China Is World Health Organization ‘Goodwill Ambassador’


Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Leader Xi Jinping, is a nearly decade-long Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organization.

The news follows President Trump’s repeated attacks on the United Nations-affiliated body for its kowtowing to China unearthed in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic, culminating in his recent decision to withdraw funding from the body.

The WHO’s willingness to delay notifying the world about the virus’ human-to-human transmission and issuing a pandemic warning at the request of the CCP while praising the regime for its “transparency” one week later demonstrates where the body’s allegiance lies. And the great danger it poses to the rest of the world.

These ostensible ties certainly cast Peng’s position as a “Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS” in a different light. Her WHO bio also fails to mention her status as the First Lady of China, touting her as a “famous Chinese soprano and actress” instead.

Even in then-WHO Director Margaret Chan’s announcement of the ambassadorship, there was no mention of Peng’s First Lady status.

Peng is the only individual of the nine ambassadors retaining an active connection to a WHO member state government.

Peng’s ambassadorship is even linked to WHO’s business dealings with China.

She was honored for her work by the organization in 2017 on the same day Xi “signed a memorandum of understanding on areas of collaboration including global health security and humanitarian assistance.”

In that meeting, WHO pledged support to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a key component of the CCP’S quest for world-wide dominance. By enticing developing countries with infrastructure and technology investment, even weening some Western nations off their U.S. ties, the CCP seeks to reorient the global economy and replace the U.S. as the center. It’s no coincidence, therefore, that most countries default on these loans, granting China access, leverage, and control to the projects they initiate in addition to existing institutions and infrastructure.

And Xi “welcomes the WHO’s active participation in the construction of the Belt and Road, and of a ‘healthy’ Silk Road.”

Luckily, thanks to President Trump, U.S. tax dollars are no longer flowing to the CCP-subservient body or footing Peng’s clearly political title.

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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