Xi Speaks With Bachelet, Defends China's Rights Progress
Sumaira FH Published May 25, 2022 | 11:00 AM
Beijing, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th May, 2022 ) :Chinese President Xi Jinping defended his country's human rights progress Wednesday in a virtual meeting with UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet during her visit to China, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
Bachelet's landmark six-day visit includes stops in the remote western region of Xinjiang, where Beijing has been accused of incarcerating over one million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities, which has been called a "genocide" by the United States and lawmakers in other Western countries.
China vehemently denies the allegations, calling them the "lie of the century".
"Human rights issues should also not be politicised, instrumentalised, or treated with double standards," Xi said according to a CCTV readout, adding that China has "a human rights development path that.
.. suits its national conditions".
Xinjiang was not mentioned specifically in the readout of the call, but it reported Xi as telling Bachelet that there is no "ideal nation" on human rights.
According to the Chinese readout, Bachelet said the UN Human Rights Office is "willing to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese side ... and make joint efforts to promote the progress of the global human rights cause", according to CCTV.
She was also reported to have said: "I admire China's efforts and achievements in eradicating poverty, protecting human rights, and realising economic and social development."