China pledged Wednesday to fulfill its obligations under the terms of international human rights accords after it was elected to the newly founded United Nations Human Rights Council. The 191-member UN General Assembly elected 47 members from 64 countries that ran for the seats to the newly-founded council through three rounds of secret ballot on Tuesday. China polled 146 votes, 50 more than it needed. "The Chinese Government has always been committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and basic freedoms," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao in Beijing. The council, which replaces the now defunct Human Rights Commission, will hold its first meeting in Geneva on June 19.