UN Human Rights Council's voting shows international society's common expectations
March 27,2018 By:MFA
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 26, 2018
March 27, 2018 -- Q: Last Friday, the US delegation in Geneva, while discussing a human rights draft resolution China formulated, said that China was seeking to glorify the vision proposed by itself through relevant draft resolution and the US voted against it. How does China respond to this?
A: The remarks of the US official in Geneva mentioned by you do not hold water at all and also reflect the ignorance and arrogance of certain people in the United States as always. Actually, China and the relevant countries jointly submitted the resolution titled "Promoting Mutually Beneficially Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights" to the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, which was adopted by an overwhelming majority. The resolution calls on all relevant parties to promote mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of human rights, step up dialogue and cooperation, support the building of a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and mutually beneficial cooperation and foster a community with a shared future for mankind. The international community has reached an important consensus that only through dialogue and cooperation can the development of human rights cause of all countries be better promoted and protected. Therefore, When making oral interventions at the Session, a number of countries said that the China-sponsored resolution gives full expression to the shared aspirations of the international community and will help to increase the say and the agenda-setting right of the developing countries in the field of international human rights and promote the sound development of global human rights cause.
I do not know whether the US official mentioned by you has made clear such a fact that the UN Human Rights Council's voting on the above-mentioned resolution was requested by the United States itself. There were 28 for and 1 against it. Amid the green "Yes" on the vote-tallying screen, the red "No" by the United States stood out, alone. I do not know what explanations would the US make on this.
I would like to stress once again that building a new type of international relations and fostering a community with a shared future for mankind is the overarching goal of the major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. China stands ready to work with the relevant parties of the international community to actively implement the relevant UN resolutions. We are still willing to enhance communication and exchanges with the United States and other relevant parties so as to inject positive energy into the development of the global human rights cause.