Some US politicians ‘lie and cheat as a habit … maliciously create political confrontation and undermine multilateral cooperation’, spokesperson for China’s mission to the United Nations
Comments come after US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accuse Beijing of subjecting Uygurs and other minorities to forced abortion, sterilisation and involuntary implantation of birth control devices
October 03, 2020 "Information Clearing House" - China on Friday accused the United States of “fabricating lies” and trying to take the world back to the “jungle age” after Washington blamed Beijing and UN agencies for “the murder of millions of baby girls”.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Friday it regretted the accusations by US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, which were made at a UN General Assembly meeting on Thursday on the anniversary of a landmark 1995 women’s conference.
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UNFPA executive director Natalia Kanem said that any coercion of women was “against our practice and policy”.
“We accord the highest priority to voluntary sexual and reproductive health, rights and procedures,” she said.
“We have invited reviews of, in the case of UNFPA, our practice and procedures in the country of China, and for the past four years, the United States has not visited our programmes.”
The US cut funding in 2017 for the UNFPA, saying it “supports … a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation”.
The United Nations said that was an inaccurate perception.
A spokesperson for China’s UN mission in New York said the remarks were “sheer fabrication”.
“Some US politicians lie and cheat as a habit. They maliciously create political confrontation and undermine multilateral cooperation,” the person said.
“The United States, going against the trend of the times, is becoming the biggest destroyer of the existing international order and trying all means to take the world back to the jungle age.”
Long-simmering tensions between the United States and China have hit boiling point at the United Nations over the coronavirus pandemic, spotlighting Beijing’s bid for greater multilateral influence in a challenge to Washington’s traditional leadership.
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