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UN rights chief's visit to Xinjiang does have a silver lining

Chinese President Xi Jinping and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet are seen on a screen broadcasting news footage of their virtual meeting in Beijing, on May 25, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - On Twitter, the hashtag #BacheletResign has been trending since the United Nations human rights chief spoke to the press in a late-night conference last Saturday to wrap up her six-day official visit to China.

Many had painted Ms Michelle Bachelet's trip as a lost cause even before she got off the plane in Guangzhou last week for a fact-finding mission in Xinjiang, which has come under the spotlight in recent years for allegations of human rights abuses against its Uighur Muslim population.

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