Prof. Julian Ku Examines Key Issues in Interpol Chief Meng Hongwei’s Vanishing on ‘Lawfare’

Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty Director of International Programs

Julian Ku, the Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, posted “Why China’s Disappearance of Interpol’s Chief Matters” on Oct. 9 on the influential Lawfare blog.

He writes that Meng Hongwei’s “sudden disappearance, abrupt resignation from Interpol and detention on unspecified corruption charges could and should cause the rest of the world to think harder about how to respond to China’s ongoing campaign to build legitimacy and influence among international organizations.”

After reviewing China’s campaign, Professor Ku notes that “while China’s international organization influence strategy seeks to expand its global prestige in ways similar to any other great power, it also has narrower, ‘China-first’ interests to pursue. First and foremost, China’s growing influence in international organizations is aimed at ensuring the government of Taiwan is excluded and marginalized. …

“Second, China seeks to use its newfound influence to pre-empt criticism by international organizations on long-sensitive issues such as human rights.”

Professor Ku concludes by cautioning “those elites would like China to share the burdens of international governance through financial and political support. … The Meng episode should remind the world that no matter how much various stakeholders want a responsible China to help manage global problems, that China has not yet emerged — and perhaps never will.”

Read the full post on the Lawfare website.

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