China’s international organizations are getting bigger and more roguish while claiming to champion a “fair” and “multilateral” international system. Autocracies and human rights abusers—including Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Ethiopia—are signing up for Beijing’s vision of a world in which unelected dictators are ever more free to commit human rights abuse against their citizens and those abroad.

Democracies are opting out of this Chinese Communist Party (CCP) approach and the organizations meant to facilitate such crimes.

On Dec. 29, Argentina announced it had changed its mind and would not accept an invitation to join the BRICS countries (started by Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, and led by Beijing).

The other international organization led by the CCP, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also faces trouble with its membership.

Italy, the only Group of Seven (G7) country in the group, officially left the BRI in late 2023.