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UN Rights Chief to Proceed With Rare Trip to China Next Week

  • Visit would be first by person holding the position since 2005
  • Beijing rejects accusations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang
Michelle Bachelet
Michelle BacheletPhotographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
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The United Nations’ human rights chief is planning to proceed with a landmark trip to China next week, people familiar with the matter said, in a highly scrutinized visit that will include a stop in the far west region of Xinjiang.

Michelle Bachelet is set to meet with foreign diplomats in the country on Monday in a virtual meeting while she’s in China, the people said, asking not to be identified to discuss confidential information. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has released few details on the schedule for Bachelet, who is set to become the first UN human rights chief to visit China since 2005.