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US funding cuts for UN provide opening for China, Russia

Tighter budget shows difficulty of Guterres' balancing act with Washington

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley pushed for the cuts to the UN budget.   © Reuters

UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary-General Antonio Guterres enters his second year as the U.N.'s leader in 2018 with a slimmer wallet due to U.S.-inspired budget cuts, part of a growing influence gap that America's rivals may be keen to exploit.

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