Human rights not a tool to humiliate or pressure other countries: Ambassador
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Ambassador Chen Xu (Chen), China’s Everlasting Consultant to the UN Workplace at Geneva and different Worldwide Organizations in Switzerland, not too long ago obtained an unique interview with International Instances reporter Liu Xin (GT) in Geneva. The ambassador shared his views on the results of the director basic election of the World Mental Property Group (WIPO), the state of affairs of COVID-19 in China and on this planet, in addition to the continuing 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.
A portrait of Ambassador Chen Xu Picture: Liu Xin/GT
Not frustration, however a brand new begin
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GT: Daren Tang, a Singaporean official, outperformed 5 candidates, together with China’s Wang Binying, and was elected as new director basic of WIPO on Wednesday. Did you count on the consequence?
Chen: Firstly, we congratulate Daren Tang of Singapore for being nominated for the submit of director basic of WIPO. We additionally thank the member states which gave agency assist to us.
Relating to expectations of the consequence, many worldwide media, particularly some US magazines, newspapers and senior officers, began to make reviews attacking China’s insurance policies and practices in mental property safety for the reason that starting of this 12 months.
For instance, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and John Robert Bolton, former diplomat and nationwide safety advisor, made fierce accusations towards China. A number of days earlier than the election, Peter Navarro, director of the White Home Nationwide Commerce Council, additionally launched a protracted article to criticize China on this regard.
The US has exerted a lot energy to dam our candidate in each approach. Contemplating all of those strikes, we had anticipated the difficulties and challenges of the election.
GT: Some media described the election consequence as a “frustration” to China. What do you consider this?
Chen: After the consequence was unveiled, I went outdoors the assembly venue, and lots of reporters requested me whether or not I believe it is a frustration to China or “is the Chinese language delegation disillusioned with the consequence?”
I believe the consequence can not merely be described as “disappointing” or “irritating.” Our participation within the election is a gesture to display China’s willingness to make extra contributions to multilateral cooperation with a extra lively angle.
The consequence doesn’t imply an finish for our cooperation with the worldwide mental property group. It’s a new begin for us and we’d take extra cooperation with the company to advance worldwide growth on mental property safety. We’ve the willingness in addition to the arrogance.
GT: What sort of expertise does China acquire from the election?
Chen: It has been practically 50 years after China’s restoration of the lawful rights within the UN in 1971. For the previous 5 many years, we’ve been within the technique of studying the UN multilateral mechanism. We didn’t take a really lively function in taking part within the mechanism firstly of the 1980s. Our involvements with worldwide affairs must go along with our tempo of reform and opening-up.
I consider that with China’s enhancing complete power, with the aim of bringing happiness to the folks and contributing to international growth, we are going to take a extra lively and concrete function in taking part in worldwide affairs. And the fields ought to prolong from the political and the financial to these specialised areas.
A typical enemy
GT: The variety of confirmed COVID-19 in Europe is rising however we see few individuals are carrying masks within the UN’s Geneva workplace. Are you nervous in regards to the state of affairs? Many individuals from growing nations come right here for UN conferences. Will this enhance the chance of bringing the virus to extra nations?
Chen: I am not too fearful about it now. As for the query about carrying masks, Switzerland has made its personal measures in accordance with ideas given by WHO in addition to its personal legal guidelines and rules.
Extra folks have paid excessive consideration to the query contemplating the speedy unfold of the virus.
Switzerland has taken some sensible measures. It has not suspended colleges or closed the border however emphasised that each citizen ought to take note of private prevention, together with washing their palms usually.
The UN has not given particular necessities and other people work within the UN workplace as standard. However COVID-19 is a steadily mentioned subject.
It’s regular for some folks to fret about find out how to cope with the virus if it turns into widespread in growing nations, particularly in African nations the place the medical programs are comparatively susceptible.
4 sufferers of COVID-19 are discharged from a hospital in Huaian, East China’s Jiangsu Province on March 4.
GT: The UN Human Rights Council has canceled some facet occasions attributable to COVID-19. Is it regular for the UN to take such measures?
Chen: I’ve by no means skilled this in my time working right here. However below sure excessive circumstances, the UN will take related actions. For instance, I used to be working within the UN headquarters in New York Metropolis when the 9/11 tragedy occurred, and the UN evacuated folks from the constructing.
The UN may take some restricted measures over different elements, for instance, the scarcity of cash. The US, which contributes the biggest quantity of membership charges, did not pay its invoice and the UN needed to droop the elevators to economize. These circumstances introduced inconvenience. After all, that is one other subject however defaulting on paying membership charges brings no good for multilateral cooperation.
GT: In your expertise, how have diplomats from different nations evaluated China’s work on controlling COVID-19?
Chen: Diplomats from nations in Africa, Latin America, Europe and even the US have all praised China’s efforts and expressed their assist. They admire China’s efficient work to manage the virus, which has earned time for different nations to cope with it.
Some worldwide media are additionally involved about whether or not China might assist nations with susceptible medical programs. We’re contemplating the problem – other than higher dealing with the epidemic inside China, we additionally wish to supply our assist. For instance, China has donated testing kits and prevention gear to Iran and Africa.
We do that not just for worldwide friendship but in addition out of an idea that the epidemic is a typical enemy to human life.
Arranging go to to China
GT: Have anti-China forces elevated their assaults towards China on the Human Rights Council in recent times? How do you cope with the state of affairs?
Chen: Some forces haven’t stopped making groundless accusations towards China in recent times and so they normally change their strategies. China needs to deliver a greater life for its folks, nevertheless, some forces, out of assorted causes, don’t need China to grow to be sturdy. We must always maintain alert to this.
Our present work on the Human Rights Council contains selling mutually useful worldwide cooperation. Many individuals have observed that some Western nations begin anti-China campaigns yearly, for instance, signing joint letters to the Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner to assault China’s insurance policies within the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Area or making joint statements on the Human Rights Council to make groundless accusations towards China’s human rights insurance policies and practices. Some Western nations additionally held facet occasions concentrating on growing nations. China has at all times opposed utilizing human rights points as excuses to intrude with different nations’ inner affairs. We’ll work with different growing nations to safeguard our shared pursuits.
GT: Some Western nations normally signal joint letters or give joint statements. What recommendation would you give to the UN particular rapporteur?
Chen: It’s China and lots of different nations’ concern to make sure the UN Human Rights Council works in a wholesome and steady approach. The UN Human Rights Council has many particular rapporteurs. We predict the Human Rights Council ought to work in accordance with established guidelines and rules, not hearken to rumour or rumors to make choices. The particular rapporteurs also needs to pay extra consideration to genuine data provided by member states.
It does not solely concern China. Some nations together with these in Europe assume sure particular rapporteurs’ strikes aren’t acceptable. For this reason we at all times give sort reminders. These reminders have labored to some extent. We’ll take extra motion if some particular rapporteurs proceed their earlier inappropriate strikes.
China has at all times held an open angle and is able to have constructive dialogues with others. We’re not, as some folks have claimed, “allergic” to human rights. We’re keen to speak primarily based on mutual respect and in an equal approach.
Ambassador Chen and guests at a photograph exhibition about Xinjiang in Geneva on March 2 Pictures: cnsphotos
We firmly oppose utilizing human rights as a device to humiliate or impose strain on different nations. If folks insist on utilizing this solution to face off with China, we are going to take related measures and play with them to the tip.
GT: How do Chinese language diplomats in Geneva talk with nations that show bias towards China’s human rights work?
Chen: I encountered many diplomats from many nations on completely different events. With the rising studying of China’s human rights work within the worldwide neighborhood, extra folks started to acknowledge China’s achievements within the subject; in any other case, it’s exhausting to think about how China might grow to be the second-largest financial system after 40 years of reform and opening-up. How might folks’s innovation and productive functionality be impressed at such a degree if their fundamental human rights aren’t be safeguarded? However there are at all times biased nations which by no means admit our ideology and system. They at all times consider our strikes from ideological and geopolitical views. It doesn’t matter what we do or don’t do, we might be criticized. This isn’t a wholesome mentality and we are going to by no means settle for it.
GT: China invited Excessive Commissioner Michelle Bachelet Jeria to go to China and its northwestern area of Xinjiang. What turned of the invitation?
Chen: China despatched an invite to Ms Michelle Bachelet Jeria final 12 months. However that might not have been the primary time UN excessive commissioners visited China. Earlier excessive commissioners visited China many occasions.
We are actually in shut contact with Ms Michelle Bachelet Jeria’s group on the problem.
The present COVID-19 outbreak provides some complicating elements to her go to, however we’ve made preparations for her go to at any time. We’re working collectively to rearrange the go to inside this 12 months.
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