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Manipulation in Beijing’s favor? Debate over IMF chief

The accusations are grave: China’s leadership is said to be systematically exerting power in international organizations to advance its interests. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) apparently played down the risk of the spread of COVID-19 for weeks – to Beijing’s advantage. And at the United Nations, too, diplomats have repeatedly complained about China’s sometimes audacious influence. Now, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva is also under fire. The Bulgarian economist allegedly distorted the results of several studies for China’s benefit while working for the World Bank.

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