By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, July 5: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will visit China over July 6-10 amidst China’s deteriorating human rights record.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will visit China to attend the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Meeting of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The visit follows heavy criticism leveled against the communist country’s dismal human rights record by the United States and European countries in their recently published human rights reports.
The Secretary-General will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as other senior officials, including Premier Li Keqiang, State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi according to reports of trip announcement on cn.undp.org
The Secretary-General is expected to visit the China Helicopter Centre for Peacekeeping Operations and the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Rescue Centre.
On July 9, the Secretary-General will attend the Inaugural Xin Philanthropy Conference at Hangzhou, which highlights the role of the private sector in promoting sustainable development.
He will also visit the city’s International Centre on Small Hydro Power which was established by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) together with the Chinese government to develop renewable energy sources and promote south-south cooperation on climate change.
On July 10, he is likely to visit Suzhou, the city’s Industrial Park, before leaving for New York.