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UN Corrects China on Human Rights Chief’s Actual Words to Xi

  • State media said Bachelet praised Xi’s human rights progress
  • UN says she stressed need to make liberties core of security
United Nations chief Michelle Bachelet.

United Nations chief Michelle Bachelet.

Photographer: Cristobal Olivares/Bloomberg
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The United Nations issued a “clarification” of its human rights chief’s remarks during a call with President Xi Jinping, in an apparent suggestion Chinese state media mischaracterized her comments.

“In response to widely reported remarks attributed to High Commissioner Bachelet, please find here a link to her actual opening remarks at her meeting with the President of China,” a spokesperson for the office of Michelle Bachelet said in an emailed statement late Wednesday.