Michelle Bachelet’s tour marks the first by the top UN human rights official in nearly two decades and comes as Beijing is accused of widespread abuses against Muslims in far western Xinjiang.
The UN human rights chief was due to start a six-day trip to China on Monday that includes the remote Xinjiang region, raising fears about the access and propaganda value the visit offers the Chinese Communist Party.
“We do not expect the PRC to grant the necessary access to conduct a full and unmanipulated assessment of the human rights environment in Xinjiang,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, using the acronym for People’s Republic. China.
Originally Posted As UN Human Rights Chief To Begin Controversial China Visit