Publication in Economics, Politics and Public Policy in East Asia and the Pacific

The UN High Commissioner’s contentious visit to China

Author: Rosemary Foot, Oxford

The first visit to China in 17 years by a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has angered many, perplexed some and pleased Beijing. The dismay derives from several factors — expectations generated in the past by the High Commissioner herself, the visit’s agreed terms of reference, the outcomes produced and the tenor of her remarks during the final press conference.

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