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Democracy and human rights are not for decoration, Xi said in his address to the 24 other members of the Politburo, the full text of which was published by China’s Qiushi magazine on Wednesday. Xi heads the 25-strong panel which is the Communist Party’s highest decision-making body.
Some Western countries have in recent years faced fierce political partisanship, governmental breach of trust, social disorder and out-of-control virus outbreaks, Xi said.
“Political polarisation, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, and ethnic antagonism has intensified. Racism, populism and xenophobia have prevailed, and human rights issues have become increasingly prominent,” he noted.
He also called on officials to “actively participate in UN human rights affairs” and increase China’s influence on such multilateral human rights institutions.
Beijing has increasingly gone on the offensive in the human rights narratives war, teaming up with 69 countries at the ongoing UN human rights session to oppose interference in China’s internal affairs on this “pretext”.
Cuba, on behalf of the 69 countries, told the council that Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet were China’s internal affairs.
The joint statement came in response to the Netherlands, the United States and 45 other mostly Western member states raising “grave concerns” about the human rights situation in Xinjiang.
Meeting Bachelet by video link during her trip, Xi defended China’s human rights record and said it would not accept any “patronising” lectures.
“We are good as long as we meet China’s own standards, and we don’t need to look to the standards of the West or care about how they judge us,” he had said then. “Facing Western countries’ finger-pointing over China’s human rights, [we] must resolutely hit back!”
In February this year, Beijing released a report titled “Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2021,” enumerating how “political manipulation by the US led to a sharp surge in Covid-19 deaths; shooting deaths hit a record; [and] fake democracy trampled on people’s political rights”.
All the while, “unilateral US actions created new humanitarian crises across the globe”, the report alleged.