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IV. International governance issues

International Obligations

On February 28, 2002, China ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights but took a reservation on the right to freely organise and join trade unions. China still has not ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which its government signed in 1998.1 China has participated in APEC's privacy initiative through its Privacy Subgroup.


  • 1. Its first review by the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights was planned for April-May 2005. Human Rights Watch, 2004, supra.