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Wang Yi: Western Views of Human Rights Are Not Representative of International Perspective

On March 28, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.

When talking about the human rights issue, Wang Yi said that the situation of a country's human rights shall be judged by its people, rather than other countries based on their own preferences. The views of human rights held by some Western countries are not representative of international perspective. The world should listen to and absorb the views of developing countries so that the definition of human rights will be more comprehensive, diverse and balanced. The rights to live and develop are as important as the political and social rights, and fairness and justice should be respected the same as democracy and freedom. It's normal that different civilizations and traditions in different development phases lead to different understandings and emphases about human rights. This is why we advocate communicating equally and learning from each other on the human rights issue. China opposes any form of interference in other countries' domestic affairs under the pretext of human rights protection, and objects to slandering other countries by using human rights as a political tool. No country is superior to another in this world, and the standard of a single country should not be regarded as the international standard. It will be the utmost injustice in human history if some Western countries keep using human rights as an excuse to suppress and contain developing countries and to deprive non-Western countries of the rights to develop. China is willing to hold dialogue with the UAE over the human rights issue and jointly seek progress in protecting human rights in both countries and the world as well.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the well-being and happiness of the citizens should be the criteria of the human rights situation in a country. Imposing one's own values on others is also a form of hegemony. Many developing countries have suffered unfair treatment over the human rights issue. The UAE is willing to enhance communication and cooperation with China on promoting and protecting human rights.

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