Human rights: Is China winning the battle for public opinion?
China and the West are playing a numbers game over human rights, with each side mustering dozens of supporters while issuing statements at the United Nations attacking the other side.
The battleground last week was the United Nations General Assembly, where the Third Committee, responsible for social and humanitarian affairs, was debating human rights; and, it seems, where numbers are concerned, China is winning.
China fired the opening shot. Its representative, Zhang Jun, speaking for 26 member states, called Monday for the immediate lifting of unilateral sanctions, which he said adversely affect human rights. He also voiced "grave concern" on racial discrimination, citing the killing of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake in the United States.
The countries China represented included North Korea, Iran and Cuba, which had all been subject to western sanctions. ...