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Concluding Statement by Head of the Chinese Delegation at theSecond Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review on China by the Human Rights Council

Geneva, 22 October 2013

Mr. President,

Fellow Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Just now, the Chinese delegation had a constructive dialogue with other countries in an open, candid, inclusive and cooperative manner. We listened attentively to the statements of all countries. Most countries, developing countries in particular, fully recognized the tremendous efforts and achievements made by China in promoting and protecting human rights over the past four years, appreciated the difficulties and challenges China had faced as the biggest developing country in the world, and raised many constructive ideas and recommendations. Their statements reflected the spirit of objectivity, impartiality, equality, mutual understanding and respect, and their recommendations will serve as an important reference to our efforts to further advance the human rights cause with Chinese characteristics. On behalf of all the members of the Chinese delegation, including delegates from Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, I wish to express heartfelt thanks to the relevant countries.

Of course, some countries expressed their concerns and criticized China's human rights situation. This is nothing strange. We will seriously consider and comprehensively study all the sincere, well-intentioned and workable ideas and recommendations, and gradually implement them in light of China's specific national conditions. It is regrettable that there are also comments based on misunderstanding and prejudices. We hope to strengthen communication and dialogue with those concerned to dispel their misconceptions and enhance our mutual understanding. More importantly, we hope that countries concerned evaluate and judge China's human rights situation in a more objective, comprehensive and impartial manner.

I would like to stress that the Chinese government is firmly committed to promoting and protecting human rights, and takes the UPR and other UN human rights endeavors seriously. After this session, we will seriously study the recommendations raised by other countries, come up with China's positions and responses in light of our national conditions, and give a feedback to the Human Rights Council on time. China stands ready to continue to actively engage in international exchanges and cooperation on human rights, and work with all countries to promote the sound development of the international human rights cause.

In closing, I wish to take this opportunity to express thanks to the President, troika, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Secretariat and countries concerned for their efforts to make the UPR on China a success.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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