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The United Nations Human Rights Office issued its report on human rights conditions in Xinjiang. The UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights visited China in May 2022. The UN concluded that China's detention system of Uyghurs and others was fundamentally unjust and that allegations of abuses against detainees were credible. China issued a lengthy response to the report, arguing that the government's actions protected social stability and that human rights for all in Xinjiang had improved. Both reports are available here.
The PRC government opposed release of the UN assessment of human rights in China. The UN concluded that China's detention system of Uyghurs and others was fundamentally unjust and that allegations of abuses against detainees were credible. China's extensive response to the report argues that the government's actions protected social stability and that human rights for all in Xinjiang had improved. Both reports are available here.
The U.S. State Department issues an annual report on human trafficking across the world, including in the U.S. In addition to the usual section on China, which in recent years has highlighted the detention of Uyghurs and others, the 2022 report included a special section on trafficking associated with China's Belt and Road Initiative.
The Foreign Ministry of the People's Republic of China released this statement on June 19, 2022 to rebut a speech made by the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Antony J. Blinken, The (Biden) Administration's Approach to the People's Republic of China, May 26, 2022
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken gave this policy address at George Washington University on May 26, 2022. The event was hosted by the Asia Society.
U.S. President Joseph Biden called for "a summit on democracy." 110 governments were invited to participate, but China and Russia were among those not included. The Chinese and Russian ambassadors published a joint op-ed in response. A few days later, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs published this report. In some respects it follows the ministry's reports on human rights in the United States (also available at the USCI website).
U.S. White House, Readout on the Virtual Summit
A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.