Editorial : "America first" shaking up the world order

【明報專訊】LAST week the United States announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council, accusing the council of "bias against Israel" and "incapability to protect human rights effectively". Since President Trump took office two years ago, his administration has pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Global Compact on Migration. It has even defied worldwide condemnation by moving the country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem (over whose sovereignty Israel and Palestine have a long-standing dispute) despite 128 UN member states voting against the move. All these incidents have shown that US foreign policy makers, guided by Trump's doctrine in his "America first" slogan, are obstinately and obsessively going down the path of unilateralism.