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China welcomes the appointment of new UN rights chief with a veiled warning

Ms Michelle Bachelet's appointment as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. (Photo courtesy: Wall Street Journal)
Ms Michelle Bachelet’s appointment as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. (Photo courtesy: Wall Street Journal)

(TibetanReview.net, Aug15, 2018) – China on Aug 13 welcomed the appointment of Ms Michelle Bachelet’s appointment as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights while employing its usual euphemistic terms to make it clear that she should work on its terms to earn its cooperation.

China is ready to work with the former president of Chile on the development of international human rights, the official Xinhua news agency Aug 13 cited Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang as saying.

“China hopes and believes that after taking the office, Bachelet will work in a fair, objective and non-selective manner, make balanced advancement of civil political rights, economic, social and cultural rights as well as development rights, and further improve global human rights governance,” Lu was quoted as saying.

Ms Bachelet’s was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on Aug 10 as the next UN human rights chief. She replaces Jordanian diplomat Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein and begins her 4-year term on Sep 1.

Hussein was highly critical of China’s record and policy on human rights and Beijing never allowed him to visit the country or other territories under its rule such as Tibet and Xinjiang to examine the actual situation there.

China condemns all criticisms of its human rights record as interference in its internal affairs and insists on dialogue without any tangible follow-up action as the only way forward.

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