Russia does something sensible!

Russia is withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Politico

The Russian Duma’s deputy speaker Pyotr Tolstoy says: “We have to work to revise our international obligations and treaties that bring no benefit but instead directly harm our country.” Tolstoy singled out the international trade and health organizations, saying that “the next step is to withdraw from the WTO and the WHO, which have neglected all obligations towards our country.”

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-influenced World Health Organization (WHO) is an agency under the United Nations and is responsible for international public health. The WHO has faced criticism over the years for how it handled Covid-19. The director-general of the WHO is the chief executive officer of the World Health Organization and the principal advisor to the United Nations on matters pertaining global health. The director general is elected by and answers to the World Health Assembly (WHA).The current director-general is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a man accused of genocide in Ethiopia. Ghebreyesus is not a medical doctor and is a member of a Marxist-Leninist Ethiopian political party that analysts have listed as a perpetrator of terrorism. President Trump threatened to withdraw from it but the pandemic made it difficult as the world and all its media looked to the WHO for guidance which never came.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is responsible for overseeing the rules of international trade. It facilitates trade negotiations among its 164 members. Its heart is the most-favored-nation clause which requires a country to extend the same trade terms to all trading partners. It is famously slow to move and some countries do indeed have special relationships with other trading nations. President Trump threatened to leave the WTO in 2018.

There’s an interesting article here that reflects on the 20 years of Chinese membership and the regrets of the American team who made it happen. One congressman, who supported China’s WTO accession in a House vote, definitely has buyer’s remorse.

“I was convinced at the time that China needs to be part of the rules-based trading system in that it would accrue to the benefit of the U.S. in a significant way over time,” Brady told reporters Tuesday. “Now it’s clear China had no intention of living within a rules-based trading system.”

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas)