there China The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) has been asked to investigate the mass shootings in United State, in an apparent attempt to divert attention away from allegations of abuse in western Xinjiang. The Global Times made the suggestion in an editorial on Tuesday, a day after Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said during a regular briefing in Beijing that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should release a report on the problems facing the United States.
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“The American system is similarly unable, or lacks interest, motivation and courage, to address these issues in depth,” the Communist Party newspaper said, adding that American domestic affairs “have intensified their external aggression.” China has stepped up its criticism of human rights in the United States on the occasion of the visit of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to the Asian country, and criticism escalated after the recent killings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and a school in Ovaldi, Texas. The People’s Daily, a leading member of the party, published a comment entitled “Racism is a poison that penetrates the American political body,” referring to the killing of blacks in Buffalo, while the official Xinhua News Agency and the English-language Chinese reported. Similar articles are published daily.
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Reasons for the attack
The comments appeared to be an attempt to strike back at the United States, which, along with lawmakers from other countries, has accused China of committing genocide in Xinjiang. Beijing calls the allegations “the lie of the century.” The United States also criticized China for the way it handled Bachelet’s recent trip. Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken’s press office said in a statement that authorities “have not allowed a full and independent assessment of the human rights environment” in the world’s second-largest economy, and that Xinjiang residents have been warned not to complain.
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