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Xinjiang official refutes allegations, welcomes visits
 
A senior official of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Feb.1 denounced former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's allegations of "genocide" and "crime against humanity" as the biggest frame-up case in human history and welcomed foreigners to visit the region to learn the real situation themselves.
 
"Pompeo's vicious remarks have seriously trampled upon the international law and basic norms governing international relations, interfered in China's internal affairs and hurt the feelings of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang," said Xu Guixiang, deputy head of the Publicity Department of Xinjiang Regional Committee of Communist Party of China, at a press briefing in Beijing.
 
From: CGTN
 
Diplomats from some 50 countries join webinar on latest development in Xinjiang
 
A webinar titled "Xinjiang is a Wonderful Land" was held on Feb.3 to introduce Xinjiang's natural scenery and development achievements with diplomats from more than 50 countries, including nearly 20 ambassadors, attending the event.
 
The online event, jointly held by China's Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva and the government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, also attracted the participation of officials from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN human rights experts.
 
From: CGTN
 
China lodges stern representations to BBC over COVID-19 fake report
 
China's Foreign Ministry said on Feb.4 that it has lodged stern representations to British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) over its fake report aired on January 29 related to COVID-19 in China.
 
In a statement published on its website, the ministry said the BBC video news linked the coronavirus report to politics and used the footage of China's anti-terrorism exercise to describe "violent law enforcement and human rights violations" by China's epidemic prevention authorities.
 
From: CGTN
 
China hopes all sides in Myanmar will put people's interests first
 
China hopes all sides in Myanmar will put the aspiration and interests of the people first, a spokesperson of the Permanent Mission of China to the UN said on Feb.4.
 
The remarks came after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) released a statement, also on Thursday, which called for the release of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and others detained by the military.
 
From: CGTN
 
China refutes BBC report on women's rights abuses in Xinjiang
 
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Feb.4 refuted a BBC report on alleged abuses of women's rights in northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, saying some of the interviewees in previous reports turned out to be "actors" for and "tools" used by anti-China forces to attack China.
 
From: CGTN
 
U.S. to reengage with UN Human Rights Council
 
The U.S. State Department said on Feb.8 that it would reengage with the UN Human Rights Council as an observer.
 
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that President Joe Biden had instructed the department to reengage with the UN Human Rights Council "immediately and robustly."
 
From: Xinhua
 
China urges intl community to facilitate dialogue in Myanmar
 
China on Feb.12 called on the international community to help different sides in Myanmar carry out dialogue and reconciliation following the recent military takeover in the Southeast Asian country. 
 
Chen Xu, China's Permanent Representative to the UN's Geneva Office, made the remarks at a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling the situation in Myanmar its internal affair. 
 
From: CGTN
 
Chinese Embassy in Canada opposes 'arbitrary detention' claims
 
A spokesperson from the Chinese Embassy in Canada on Feb.16 expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to Canada issuing a "Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention" with other countries, calling the move ill-intentioned and a distortion of facts. 
 
The spokesperson was responding to some countries' accusation that China "arbitrarily detained" two Canadian citizens – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – and added that China has lodged stern representations with the Canadian side.
 
From: CGTN
 
Wang Yi: World should reject vaccine nationalism, promote equitable distribution of vaccines
 
The world should come together to reject vaccine nationalism, promote fair and equitable distribution of vaccines, and in particular, make them accessible and affordable for developing countries, including those in conflicts, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Feb.17.
 
Wang made his remarks at a virtual meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) concerning the COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
 
From: CGTN
 
China denounces UK's remarks on Xinjiang, Hong Kong as groundless lies
 
Spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Britain on Feb.20 denounced the groundless remarks made by the UK on China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), saying they have lodged solemn representations to the UK over the wrong remarks.
 
The remarks were made in response to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's address at the Munich Security Conference where he claimed China "repressed" Uygur minorities in Xinjiang and called China's national security law for Hong Kong "repressive."
 
From: CGTN
 
UN Human Rights Council starts its 46th session
 
The United Nations Human Rights Council started its 46th regular session on February 22, 2021.
 
The annual event begins with a high-level segment from February 22 to 24, when dignitaries representing more than 130 countries and regions will address the Council.
 
From: CGTN
 
Wang Yi addresses 46th session of UN Human Rights Council
 
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Feb.22 addressed a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland via video link.
 
The regular session started on Feb.22 and will last until March 23, during which time dignitaries representing more than 130 countries and regions will address the council.
 
From: CGTN
 
UN Human Rights Session: Chinese FM Wang Yi proposes four initiatives to promote and protect human rights
 
China's Foreign Minister is calling for more talks and cooperation to promote human rights, describing them not as the exclusive rights of just a few countries. Wang Yi defended China at a high-level meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Feb.22.
 
From: CGTN
 
UN chief calls for vaccine equity at UN rights body meeting
 
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Feb.22 stressed that COVID-19 vaccines must be a global public good, accessible and affordable for all.
 
Speaking at the opening of the 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, he noted that vaccine equity is a critical step in the realization of human rights, while "vaccine nationalism sets us back." 
 
From: CGTN
 
UNEA: China calls for global action to tackle environmental issues
 
In the face of global environmental problems, no single country can solve them alone, said Minister of Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu at the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA5) on Feb.22, calling for global action to resolve the issue. 
 
The two-day UNEA5 themed "Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals" is the first-ever virtual global environment assembly.
 
From: CGTN
 
A better life for all: International meeting on Xinjiang gives evidence of its growth
 
Xinjiang has achieved remarkable growth and benefited all its residents, that's the message from the international online conference "A Better Life For All" which was held on Feb.22 in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. 
 
More than 300 participants from more than 80 countries and regions, including many who have stayed in Xinjiang, attended the meeting.
 
From: CGTN
 
Women given only 75% of legal rights afforded to men: World Bank report
 
On average, women around the world only have three-quarters of the legal rights afforded to men, with the COVID-19 pandemic reinforcing gender inequalities, according to a World Bank report released on Feb.23.
 
From: CGTN
 
Developing modern agriculture and promoting prosperity of rural industries
 
China on Feb.22 unveiled its "No. 1 central document" for 2021, stressing the efforts to comprehensively push forward rural vitalization and accelerate the modernization of agriculture and rural areas.
 
From: CGTN
 
 
China denounces Xinjiang-related motion passed by Canada's parliament
 
China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition over a Xinjiang-related motion passed by Canada's House of Commons, a spokesperson from the Chinese Embassy in Canada said on Feb.23.
 
The statement came after Canada's House of Commons passed a motion on Feb.22, saying China's treatment of the Uygur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region constitutes "genocide."
 
From: CGTN
 
China rejects Western human rights accusation at U.N. Human Rights Council
 
China on Feb. 24 voiced strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition over a Xinjiang-related motion passed by Canada’s House of Commons, saying the move wantonly interfered in China’s internal affairs and made malicious provocation against Chinese people.
 
China’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva also speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Feb. 24 , said that “At this high-level segment, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Germany, the United States, Canada and a few others abused the platform of Human Rights Council to make groundless accusations against China and interfere in China’s internal affairs, which China strongly opposes and categorically rejects.”
 
From: CGTN
 
U.S. to seek election to the Human Rights Council
 
The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden on Feb.24 reiterated its commitment to continuing its international re-engagement by seeking election to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
 
From: CGTN
 
China hits back at criticism by Western countries at human rights forum
 
China on Feb.24 firmly responded to repeated attacks by Western countries regarding its alleged treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the U.N. Human Rights Council session in the Swiss city of Geneva.
 
China's ambassador to the United Nations Chen Xu issued a strong rebuttal following a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said the administration of President Joe Biden would condemn the alleged acts.
 
Chen made it clear that China will not tolerate any external interference in its internal affairs even as he criticized Western countries of opportunism to attack China with baseless accusations.
 
From: CGTN
 
China honors role models in poverty eradication campaign
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping on on Feb.25 announced that China has eradicated extreme poverty at a national commendation conference, during which he honored those who contributed to this remarkable achievement in human history.
 
A total of 10 people and 10 collective units from different strata of the Chinese society have been awarded national honorary titles for their contributions. 
 
From: CGTN
 
China added 11.86 million new urban jobs in 2020
 
China added 11.86 million new urban jobs nationwide in 2020, exceeding the target of creating over nine million urban jobs, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said on Feb.26.
 
From: CGTN
 
UN discusses poverty eradication and human rights
 
Officials and leaders gathered online for the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss poverty alleviation and the protection of human rights on Feb.26.
 
With China recently declaring its achievements in eliminating extreme poverty, Su Guoxia director-general of General Affairs Department from China National Rural Revitalization Bureau, attended the event and shared the country's experience via video message. Su spoke about how people were always first and foremost on the country's strategy out of poverty.
 
From: CGTN
 
MOFA spokesperson: China firmly refutes certain countries using human rights issue to discredit it
 
China strongly refutes the vicious intention of a few countries using human rights issues to slander and discredit China because the human rights situation in the country is at the best period in history, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Feb.26.
 
From: CGTN
 
China's envoy calls for strengthening global cooperation and multilateralism
 
China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations' (UN) Geneva office on Feb.27 called for countries to strengthen global cooperation and multilateralism and urged the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to conduct constructive dialogue to fulfill its duty.
Chen Xu made the remarks in a statement on behalf of 32 states, including Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, South Africa, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, at the ongoing 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
 
From: CGTN
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