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UN ambassador questions cooperation

China’s UN ambassador to Geneva has questioned Beijing’s cooperation with the UN human rights office following the publication of a high-profile report on alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang. “We cannot conduct cooperation as if nothing happened,” Ambassador Chen Xu told reporters in a virtual briefing. The human rights office have themselves closed the door on cooperation “by releasing the so-called assessment,” Reuters quoted the ambassador as saying. Accordingly, he called the UN report “illegal and invalid”. The China report is to be debated during a session of the UN Human Rights Council this week. Chen said he will “firmly oppose” any measures against China during this session.

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