China vows to defend Duterte's war vs. drugs, terrorism in UN

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 29) — China will continue to vouch for the Philippines' "just causes" before the United Nations, China's top diplomat said Monday as he expressed support for the country's war against drugs and terrorism.

China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Philippines' controversial fight against drugs and terrorism are "just causes which are conducive to providing a tranquil environment" for the Filipinos and the Philippine economy.

"They are conducive to safeguarding regional peace and stability. They are the just causes of the people of the Philippines," Wang said in a joint press conference with his Philippine counterpart, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin.

"We will continue to speak up for the just causes of the Philippines in the United Nations, UN human rights organizations and other multilateral occasions," Wang added.

In March, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang called on the UN to "respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people" – after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein slammed the government's terrorist tag on Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Philippines recently won a seat at the UN Human Rights Council despite the Human Rights Watch (HRW)'s call for UN countries to vote against the Philippines. The HRW said the Philippines did not deserve to be part of the human rights body citing thousands of people killed in the war on drugs and the government's alleged attacks against human rights defenders.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres in his report to the Human Rights Council also listed the Philippines among states that intimidate and retaliate against human rights defenders.

Duterte has repeatedly criticized the UN for its officials' comments on his bloody war on drugs, which, based on government data, has claimed over 4,000 lives since he assumed office in 2016. But local and international human rights groups said thousands more have been killed in the drug war.

Malacañang has said there are no state-sanctioned killings, even if the President himself admitted that his only "sin" was extrajudicial killings.