Xi Jinping

China hosts global forum featuring own take on human rights

Hundreds of participants attended the opening of a human rights forum in Beijing on Thursday in the latest installment of China's energetic drive to showcase what it considers the strengths of its authoritarian political system under President Xi Jinping.

Beijing's new outreach comes as the U.S. turns inward under President Donald Trump, who has set aside traditional U.S. advocacy of democracy and human rights in favor of an "America first" approach that has seen Washington withdraw from key forums from the Paris climate agreement to negotiations on a U.N. migration compact.

The "South-South Human Rights Forum," drawing some 300 participants from over...