A SENIOR PLA officer has gone ahead with a visit to Germany despite recent criticism by German officials of China's human rights records. Xinhua yesterday reported General Fu Quanyou left Beijing for a 'goodwill visit'. Other senior PLA officers on the tour include navy deputy commander Vice-Admiral Shen Binyi, air force deputy commander Lieutenant-General Guo Yuxiang, Second Artillery Force missile unit deputy commander Huang Cisheng, and a deputy director of the Ministry of Defence's Foreign Affairs Office, Major-General Zhan Maohai. The delegation will also visit Japan and Nepal, Xinhua said. General Fu's visit to Germany was originally scheduled for January but was postponed due to personnel changes at the general inspector office of the German army. The postponement led to speculation that it had been 'cancelled' because of Bonn's concern over China's human rights records. Last week, German officials at the United Nations Human Rights Commission's annual meeting in Geneva criticised China's human rights abuses. The United States is pressing for a resolution to censor China for human rights violations and is soliciting support to put China under the spotlight. General Fu's trip also comes during tension between China and Taiwan over the election of Chen Shui-bian as Taiwan's new president. The PLA has threatened 'resolute measures' if Mr Chen steered the island towards independence.