“The people don’t seem to see their future.”
“The government and leaders bear the primary responsibility for the current disappointment and even despair.”
“For a long time, political factions have been fighting endlessly, politicians have done nothing, abuse of power and corruption have been repeatedly banned, and national governance has almost failed.”
On February 22, the United Nations Security Council held a video conference on the issue of Haiti. Ambassador Geng Shuang, the Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, severely criticized Haiti at the meeting. Geng Shuang added that in the past 30 years, the United Nations has invested huge resources to help Haiti get rid of the crisis. The input cost of various support organizations alone has exceeded US$8 billion, but it has not achieved the desired results.
The harsh language of Geng Shuang’s speech is really rare.
Haiti just broke out a coup on February 7, which led to a large number of demonstrations and the whole country fell into chaos.
However, the coup failed. The current President Moise ordered the military and police to search for the opposition, which has resulted in 23 arrests. It also led to kidnappings and conflicts between armed gangs leading to civilian deaths, homes being burned down, and people being displaced.
And Haiti is currently a “close friend” of Taiwan.
On September 24, 2020, the Presidents of Haiti and Nauru jointly spoke for Taipei at the UN General Assembly. After praising their excellent handling of the epidemic, they openly called it a “country”, and later Palau, Paraguay, Marshall Islands, etc. The 14 countries also supported it, and Haiti was the one taking the lead. The power system of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, has the strong participation of Taiwanese companies, which is regarded as a typical representative of Taipei’s foreign aid friendly countries, and Haiti will naturally reciprocate. Haiti is a French-speaking country located in Central America. It is deeply influenced by the United States and France. China can only criticize it verbally. And they are also a famous failed country in the Western Hemisphere. Every time they go to international news, they are basically bad things (natural disasters, civil wars, coups, infectious diseases, refugees, earthquakes).
China rarely criticizes a country openly in the UN General Assembly, and it is generally because of irreconcilable contradictions, such as sovereignty issues. Haiti is a staunch friend of Taipei, and it is extremely difficult to be dug over (the ones who are easy to dug have already turned their backs). Coupled with the recent turmoil in Shanghai, the president’s wanton arrest and repression have caused human rights problems. Dozens of countries in the world are condemning them (even Vietnam has followed them). Then we criticize Haiti for its bad human rights. Is there a problem?