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Postby jinpanlin520 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:02 am

WASHINGTON Josh Bailey Islanders Jersey , Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The world has long been used to U.S. President Donald Trump taking a stance against multilateralism. Still, the sudden U.S. announcement Thursday to retreat from UNESCO -- the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -- raised eyebrows worldwide.


According to a State Department statement, the decision "reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO."


But the fundamental issue is the Trump administration's distrust of multilateral organizations and a growing frustration over America's place in an increasingly multipolar world.


AN INGRAINED IMPATIENCE


Since taking office this January Jordan Eberle Islanders Jersey , the new White House leader has made no secret of his penchant for challenging multilateralism.


Having already scrapped the historic Paris climate deal, the comprehensive pact signed by 195 countries last year to reduce gas emissions, Trump also wants to "decertify" the landmark Iran nuclear deal. The critical Iran nuclear deal was signed two years ago with the five permanent U.N. Security Council member countries plus Germany, to avert the likelihood of a nuclear crisis in the Middle East.


Trump also lashed out at the UN in his first speech at the UN General Assembly in New York last month, saying, "Too often Nick Leddy Islanders Jersey , the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process. In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution's noble ends have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them."


In the specific case of UNESCO, Washington has long hammered it for so-called corruption, low-efficiency and mismanagement.


As early as 1984, the Ronald Reagan administration pulled the United States out of the agency Anthony Beauvillier Womens Jersey , citing what it called the U.N. body's ideological tilt toward the former Soviet Union against the West, and the U.S. stayed away till 2003.


The return, however, hasn't saved Washington from having its ambitions thwarted at the multilateral institution.


Since he became president, Trump has held back from appointing an ambassador to the agency. The withdrawal has been proved to be well calculated as it was announced right ahead of the election result of the UNESCO chief, according to observers.


LONG-LASTING GRUDGE


During the Republican administration of George W. Bush Casey Cizikas Womens Jersey , the United States stopped providing funds for UNESCO right after the organization voted to give Palestine official membership in 2011.


The decision recognized Palestine as an actual sovereign country, something unacceptable to the United States and Israel. Yet Washington has still maintained an office at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.


In July, UNESCO declared the old Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank a World Heritage Site, a move that further irritated Washington.


As a long-time ally of Tel Aviv, Washington is also reviewing its membership of the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council Adam Pelech Womens Jersey , citing an anti-Israel tilt within the agency.


Trump's decision has received the expected welcome in Israel, with the latter saying it too will quit UNESCO soon after the United States.


SWELLING U.S. ARREARS


In 2011, the U.S. government announced it would halt making financial contributions to UNESCO, which accounted for 22 percent of the group's whole-year budget, in reprisal for Palestine's full membership.


The government said it had to cut funds because a 1990s law prevents the U.S. from funding any UN agencies recognizing Palestine as a state.


Consequently, U.S. arrears at UNESCO have been snowballing each year. Currently Calvin De Haan Womens Jersey , the United States owes over 500 million U.S. dollars to the organization.


The American reluctance to pay due membership fees has negatively impacted the agency's routine operations and staff employment. After a complete withdrawal, it is highly likely that Washington will welsh on its arrears, analysts say.


UNESCO, founded in 1946, is dedicated to promoting cooperation among countries through education, science and culture.


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QINHUANGDAO Jaroslav Halak Womens Jersey , Hebei, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- China is smoothly pushing forward the reduction of outdated coal capacity, an official said Tuesday.


China's goal to cut coal capacity by 500 million tonnes within three to five years starting 2016 will likely be met in advance, Lian Weiliang, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, said at a trade fair.


By the end of this year Brock Nelson Womens Jersey , the number of coal mines in China will drop to about 7,000 from 10,800 in 2015, Lian said.


A week ago, the National Bureau of Statistics said China had completed its 2017 tasks for steel and coal capacity cuts.


In 2016, China cut coal capacity by more than 290 million tonnes. This year's target was 150 million tonnes.


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