US targets China with return to UN Human Rights Council

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Photo credit: Saul Loeb | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Beijing is a current member of the council, whose members are elected in a three-year staggered format. But China has in the recent past been accused of targeting minority communities in Xinjiang, the north-western region occupied by the Uighurs.

The United States is returning to the UN Human Rights Council in a change of policy aimed at containing China’s influence, especially in Asia and Africa.

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