To mark the visit of UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, the Chinese hosts came up with a particularly subtle gift. Foreign Minister Wang Yi presented Bachelet with an English copy of Head of State Xi Jinping’s “Respecting and Protecting Human Rights” – a collection of speeches and essays by the Party leader. The media-staged handover, which the foreign office boldly broadcast to the world via social media, received a highly cynical footnote just a few hours later.
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