Weaponising human rights against China: Feel-good or do-good strategy for the US?

A perimeter fence around what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng, Xinjiang, on Sept 4, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - When Henry Kissinger paid a covert visit to Beijing in 1971, human rights issues were never raised during meetings with his hosts.

This was then the mission for the security adviser to United States President Richard Nixon: Co-opt secondary enemy China against US prime antagonist, the Soviet Union.

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