China welcomes Bachelet's appointment as UN human rights chief

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- China welcomes Michelle Bachelet's appointment as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and is ready to work with her on the development of international human rights, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said Monday.

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday approved the former Chilean President as the next UN human rights chief.

Bachelet will replace Jordanian diplomat Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, and begin her 4-year term starting Sept. 1, 2018 and expiring Aug. 31, 2022.

"China hopes and believes that after taking the office, Bachelet will work in a fair, objective and non-selective manner, make balanced advancement of civil political rights, economic, social and cultural rights as well as development rights, and further improve global human rights governance," Lu said.

Lu said China had always supported the high commissioner and the office to work according to authorization and was ready to work with Bachelet on international human rights.

Cover image: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech at the Pedagogical School Salvador Allende where she arrived to hand a Chilean national flag, in Havana  on January 08, 2018. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to appoint Chile's former president Michelle Bachelet as the UN's new human rights chief, diplomats said August 8, 2018. Bachelet, 66, would replace Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of Jordan, a sharp critic of US President Donald Trump who held the post of UN high commissioner for human rights since September 2014. (File photo: VCG)