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Universal Periodic Review 31: China

The UK welcomed recent progress on human rights in China, however raised concerns over increased restrictions to political and civil rights

UN Flag

UN Flag

Thank you Mr President,

The UK welcomes progress on economic rights and reductions to death penalty offences. However, political and civil rights have deteriorated; including increased restrictions on the freedoms of assembly, association, expression and religion or belief.

We are very concerned about treatment of ethnic minorities – including Uyghurs and Tibetans. And we urge China to respect the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Sino-British Joint Declaration in Hong Kong.

We recommend that China:

1) Ratify the ILO’s Forced Labour Convention and its 2014 Protocol;

2) Implement CERD recommendations on Xinjiang and allow the UN to monitor implementation;

3) Ratify the ICCPR.

Thank you Mr President.

U.S.-China Diplomatic And Security Dialogue

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense today announced that the second U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) will be held in Washington on November 9, 2018.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis will host Chinese Politburo Member and Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi and Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe for the Dialogue, along with members of the U.S. delegation and Chinese counterparts.

President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping launched this framework for negotiation in Mar-a-Lago in 2017 to expand areas of cooperation while narrowing differences on key diplomatic and security issues.

A Notice to the Press with information on times, press events, and other logistical details will follow.

British Embassy Bangkok And Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Work Together Towards A Prosperous Future For The City

The British Embassy Bangkok and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) signed a Letter of Intent on the Prosperity Fund Future Cities Programme at the British Ambassador’s Residence

British Embassy Bangkok

British Embassy Bangkok

Mr Brian Davidson, British Ambassador to Thailand, said:

The Prosperity Fund Future Cities Programme was launched by the UK government and aims to address challenges of rapid urbanisation. It supports sustainable development and promotes inclusive affluence which will, in turn, alleviate poverty. The programme is being implemented in 19 emerging ‘megacities’ across 4 different continents globally. Bangkok has been recognised as one of these ‘megacities’.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, by signing the Letter of Intent, has confirmed its commitment to creating mutual partnerships, growing business and trading opportunities in Bangkok. It also shows that they are ready to plan and deliver ambitious plans for the city. Bangkok has a prosperous future ahead.

Police General Aswin Kwanmuang, Bangkok Governor, said:

Kingdom of Thailand and the United Kingdom have long relationship on trade since Ayudhaya era when the diplomatic relations were established on 18 April 1855 (B.E. 2398) or 163 years ago. Thailand and the UK have long standing relationships and friendships. Signing of the Letter of Intent for strategic partnerships today coming to an understanding on implementation of the Prosperity Fund Future Cities Programme show co-operations between the two countries in preparation for the cities self-development and sustainable economic growth readiness to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to enter the fifth century together on the basis of good friendships. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration would like to thank the UK government and the British Embassy Bangkok for recognition the potential and readiness for Bangkok and selected for 1 of the 19 megacities to participate in this programme. This would help the BMA to work effectively and most benefit to people in the cities, regional and international level.

Crash Of Lion Air Flight 610 In Jakarta, Indonesia

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The Unites States extends its deepest condolences to those who lost family and loved ones in the October 29 plane crash in Indonesia. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Indonesia in this time of sorrow. Preparations are underway to assist the Indonesian government in its investigation of this tragic accident.

Assistant Secretary Fannon Travel To Singapore

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon will travel to Singapore October 29-31.

In Singapore, the Assistant Secretary will promote the Asia EDGE initiative – Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy. Under Asia EDGE, the Department of State and USAID will contribute an initial investment of nearly $50 million to a whole-of-government approach to strengthen energy security and catalyze regional growth. This initiative will ensure energy access across the Indo-Pacific by expanding public-private partnerships; fostering business-to-business connections. Through Asia EDGE, the U.S. will provide technical assistance to help partner governments develop their energy markets, modernize energy infrastructure, and set transparent best-management practices.

In Singapore, Assistant Secretary Fannon will participate in the 12th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting and in Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) events. Assistant Secretary Fannon will meet with energy ministers from the ASEAN member states under this year’s theme of “Resilience and Innovation.” He also will meet with the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.

At the SIEW conference, Assistant Secretary Fannon will participate in a panel discussion on innovation in energy.

For further information, contact Vincent Campos, Spokesperson for the Bureau of Energy Resources, at CamposVM@state.gov or visit www.state.gov/e/enr. Further information also is available on Twitter at @EnergyAtState.

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