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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Incoming UN Secretary General António Guterres

2016-11-28 09:27

On November 28, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with incoming Secretary General António Guterres of the UN. Both sides exchanged views on the current international situation, the future development direction of the UN, China-UN cooperation and other topics.

Wang Yi said that with weak recovery of the world economy and complicated regional hotspot issues, the economic globalization is encountering headwinds. The more prominent global challenges are, the greater the need for the UN to advance with the times. The role of the UN can only be strengthened, not weakened. China hopes and believes that after taking office, you will lead the UN to fulfill its responsibilities imparted by the UN Charter and play a more positive and constructive role in promoting international peace and development, strengthening and improving global governance and other aspects.

Wang Yi noted that as a founding member of the UN and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has always been a firm supporter to the UN cause, resolutely safeguards the international system with the UN as the core and abides by the principles governing international relations based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. Last year, President Xi Jinping attended the series of summits marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN, and proposed to establish the new type of international relations with win-win cooperation as the core as well as build a community of common destiny for mankind. This important proposition fully conforms to the spirit of the UN Charter and provides Chinese solutions to resolve current problems facing the world. China will continue to comprehensively participate in the UN's work in various fields, well implement the pragmatic initiatives announced by Chinese leaders of supporting the UN cause, constantly expand cooperation with UN agencies and make greater contributions to promoting world peace, security and sustainable development.

António Guterres thanked China for its support in his running for Secretary General of the UN and said that China always upholds multilateralism. As a firm partner of the UN, China plays an increasingly important role in international peace, security, development and other fields. Under the current international situation, only multilateralism can effectively improve global governance and solve various hotspot issues. Many of China's ideas and thinking are fully in line with the direction and priorities of the UN's work. The international community needs China to participate more in UN affairs and exert greater influence. The UN needs sincere partners like China to make greater contributions to the peaceful development of mankind.

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