China is leading the charge to undermine universally accepted concepts of human rights, accountability and justice.

What the Chinese have accomplished in a relatively short time, backed by autocrats elsewhere, is to turn human rights into an underrated, yet crucial battleground in the shaping of a new world order. Its basic interest is to strengthen the hand of repressive, autocratic or authoritarian regimes.

China may see its actions as being justified by the needs to manage its northwestern province of Xinjiang, which has resulted in an unprecedented crackdown on Turkic Muslims. The global community has also observed the accelerated rollout of restrictions elsewhere in the country.