April 24, 1996 in Nation/World

China Escapes Human Rights Review

Compiled From Wire Services

Outmaneuvered, outspent and outlobbied by Beijing, the United States lost a hard-fought battle Tuesday to subject China to the scrutiny of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, a body that had been gaining strength since the end of the cold war.

China’s ability to marshal third-world nations into a bloc opposing the West and its allies was a setback not only for the Clinton administration but also for the credibility of the rights commission.

Using an arcane procedural rule, China preempted the introduction of even a mildly critical resolution from the European Union and the United States.

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