Chinese President Xi defends human rights record to UN chief

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping told United Nations (UN) human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday that each country should be allowed to find its own path of “human rights development”.

“Through long-term hard work and persistence, China has successfully embarked on the path of human rights development that conforms to the trend of the times and suits its own national conditions,” he said in a video call, according to a report by state broadcaster CCTV.

The Chinese government has been accused of human rights abuses and genocide against Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

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Bachelet should stop there during his trip to the country, criticized by the United States

“On the issue of human rights, there is no perfect ‘utopia’,” Xi said. “We don’t need ‘masters’ dictating to other countries, not to mention politicizing and turning the issue of human rights into a tool, practicing double standards and interfering in the internal affairs of ‘other countries under the guise of human rights.’

FILE - Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks during a press conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020.
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FILE – Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks during a press conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020.
(Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, file)

“Meetings with President Xi and senior officials have been invaluable in directly discussing human rights issues and concerns in China and around the world. human rights, justice, inclusion of all, without exception, must be at the heart center,” tweeted Bachelet’s office at the UN.

“I admire China’s efforts and achievements in eradicating poverty, protecting human rights and achieving economic and social development,” the agency chief said, according to CCTV.

His visit is the first to China by a human rights commissioner since 2005.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Role Models Award Ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on April 8 in Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Role Models Award Ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on April 8 in Beijing.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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Bachelet previously met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and had a video conference with Du Hangwei, the vice minister of public security.

Bachelet agreed to remain in a “closed loop” of individuals set up by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in Beijing.

The CCP says the measures are an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“We believe it was a mistake to agree to a visit under these circumstances where the High Commissioner will not be granted the kind of unfettered, free and full access that would be needed to make a full assessment and come back with a complete picture of atrocities, crimes against humanity and ongoing genocide in Xinjiang,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday.

During President Biden’s recent trip to Asia, China and Russia flew nuclear-capable bombers in a joint military exercise.

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Biden backtracked on comments that the United States would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan against China if it invaded the island nation.

Jacqui Heinrich, Greg Norman, Anders Hagstrom, Adam Shaw and Fox News’ Associated Press contributed to this report.

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