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China set to surpass Japan as No. 2 contributor to UN

Beijing's contribution jumps to 12% from 7.9% of budget

The United Nations flag flies outside the U.N. Secretariat Building in New York.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- China will overtake Japan as the second-largest contributor to the United Nations general budget for the first time, a new report from the global organization shows.

Beijing is poised to fund 12% of the U.N.'s general budget for the 2019-2021 period, the report said, up from 7.92% during the previous three years. Japan's share will fall to 8.56% from 9.68%, according to calculations by the Committee on Contributions. 

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