By Global Times
Human rights are currently the most prominent “battleground” between China and the US. The latter has rallied its allies and made the Xinjiang issue the main focus of its attacks. At the recent United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council meeting, Canada, on behalf of 41 countries, slammed China on the human rights situation in Xinjiang, while Belarus, on behalf of 65 countries, supported China. In total, more than 90 countries have expressed support to China in various ways. This is the latest microcosm of this increasingly heated struggle.
We believe that the US and its main allies have no chance of winning this “human rights war” against China. At this Human Rights Council meeting, despite the high profile of the US and its allies, the countries supporting China greatly outnumber those that followed the steps of the coalition led by Washington. The pattern of the long-term struggle will not change. Moreover, since the attacks from the US and its alliance aim at China, a wrong target, they will not only find they are fighting a unwinnable war, t will also particularly demonstrate their isolation because they do not have justice on their side. Thus, it further breaks their human rights card and makes it even more ineffective.
The fundamental reason is because their definition of human rights is narrow and West-centered, and they have tried outrageously to make their definition universal, which is in stark contrast to the reality of developing countries. This poses a realistic threat and challenge to those countries’ order and development pace. Such being the case, it has sparked dissatisfaction and been inevitably resisted by people around the world.
The meaning of human rights is abundant. Different people have varied human rights concerns. The “human rights card” played by the West against developing countries has limited focus on “exaggerated personal political rights”. In the process, the West acknowledges only their own social order as legitimate and reasonable, and refuses to recognize that the social order in developing countries is the basis for realizing development and progress.
What is the largest gap between developing countries and Western ones? From the standpoint of developing countries, the biggest gap lies in economic development and living standards. So most developing countries emphasize constant improvement of people’s livelihood. But as for Western countries like the US, they use their own governance model to judge personal political rights in developing countries, trying to distract those countries and disrupt their agenda.
Worse, the West has become extreme in this regard. As a result, US-led countries have even demanded individuals’ sabotaging moves as actions to practice political freedom in developing countries. The double standards that the international community detests have been formed.
The world has been sick of such a human rights card. Therefore, China’s move to hit back such a card of the US and the West has been welcomed across the world. In the past decades, China has made remarkable achievements in development, while simultaneously making widely known improvements in human rights. During this period, the Chinese model has become more attractive, and China has become more convincing in its human rights narratives. The era when the West dominated human rights affairs has gone. Now, China and other developing countries are more confidently practicing their own human rights construction.
Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was haunted by terrorism and extremism. Developing countries can easily understand that completely uprooting such problem and bringing back local people’s peaceful life is fully justified, and that Hong Kong shouldn’t be left in long-term chaos. However, the US and the West are willing to see these two regions of China suffer from turmoil in the long run – developing countries are familiar with such intent. Therefore, the US and the West can no longer make a fool of the international community with their deceptive fine words.
China will continue improving itself, and this will overwhelm the West’s sophistry of trying to prove the deterioration of human rights in China. What China has been doing echoes the demands of developing countries and inspires them. The US’ and the West’s suppression of China will not get wide support. As China advances, the West’s human rights campaign against China will constantly lose ground. They are bound to be defeated.