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Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong Meets with Permanent Representatives to Geneva and Principal Diplomats of Eight Countries Including Yemen and South Africa

2019/08/28

On August 27, 2019, Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong met with Permanent Representatives to Geneva and principal diplomats of Yemen, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Zambia, Cote d'Ivoire, South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. The two sides exchanged in-depth views on strengthening cooperation in human rights and other topics.

Chen Xiaodong pointed out, the world today is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century. Instability and uncertainties are becoming increasingly prominent. A certain country pursues unilateralism and zero-sum game. The politicized multilateral human rights worsen and double standards prevail. A few countries meddle in other countries' affairs under the disguise of human rights. The Chinese side is ready to work with all sides to hold high the banner of dialogue and cooperation, the banner of promoting development right and the banner of multilateralism, and safeguard international fairness and justice to jointly promote the healthy development of human rights governance, the construction of a new type of international relations, and a community with a shared future for mankind.

Chen Xiaodong said, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The 70 years has witnessed great achievements that China made in various causes, a giant leap in overall strength, and rapid progress in the cause of human rights. China has become the world's second largest economy. During the past 40 years, China, as the biggest contributor to poverty reduction in the world, has accumulatively lifted 850 million people out of poverty. China has written a historic chapter of the progress in human rights and also provided new viable solutions to challenges in the protection of human rights worldwide. China is willing to work with all sides to strengthen exchanges and mutual learning in human rights for common progress.

Members of the delegation spoke highly of China's adherence to the development path suited to its national conditions and of the enormous achievements that China has scored. They expressed their willingness to work with the Chinese side to uphold multilateralism, safeguard the authority of multilateralism mechanisms and the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries with a clear stance, and reject the politicization of human rights or the practice of double standards in the human rights issues. They are willing to promote the settlement of human rights issues in an objective, impartial and nonselective manner by all parties, and improve global human rights governance. The delegation will also visit Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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