(Bloomberg) – China has called on the United Nations human rights chief to investigate mass shootings in the United States, in an apparent attempt to shift the focus from allegations of abuse in its remote western Xinjiang region.
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The Global Times made the suggestion in an editorial on Tuesday, a day after Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular briefing in Beijing that OHCHR should issue a report on the issues facing the United States.
“The U.S. system is similarly incapable, or lacks the interest, motivation and courage to address these issues once and for all,” the Communist Party newspaper said, adding that America’s domestic problems “intensify its external aggression.”
China has ramped up its criticism of the U.S. human rights record around U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s trip to Asia, and accusations escalated following recent killings at a grocery store and a school in Buffalo, New York in Uwald, Texas.
The party’s flagship People’s Daily published an opinion piece under the headline “Racism is the poison that runs through the American polity,” referring to the killing of black people in Buffalo, as did the official Xinhua News Agency and the English-language China Daily. Similar articles.
The comments appear to be aimed at hitting back at the United States, which joins lawmakers in other countries in accusing China of genocide in Xinjiang. Beijing has called the allegations the “lie of the century”.
The United States has also criticized China’s handling of Bachelet’s recent trip. In a statement, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s press office said authorities had “failed to conduct a comprehensive and independent assessment of the human rights environment in the world’s second-largest economy” and reports that residents of Xinjiang were warned not to complain.
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Human rights groups have also criticized Bachelet and her six-day trip, which she has repeatedly said is not an “investigation” into China’s practices in Xinjiang or elsewhere. At a news conference at the end of the visit, Bachelet gave the most detailed answers to questions from Chinese state media reporters about gun violence and racism in the United States.
Bachelet did say at the briefing that any action by the Chinese government to address so-called terrorism and radicalism must not come at the expense of human rights.
Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, later told Bloomberg Television that he thought Bachelet’s visit to Xinjiang was “a disaster” because she did not condemn China. He also called on her to resign.
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