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Wang Yi Meets with Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres

2018-09-28

On September 27, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi noted that the Chinese people march toward national modernization on their own diligence and wisdom, which is a major progress in the history of human development. It is an inevitable historical trend for emerging countries including China to grow. At present, many countries express much concern on the rising instabilities and uncertainties in the international situation, and deeply worry about the increasingly worsening unilateralism and protectionism. The world needs to safeguard multilateralism and maintain international law and international rules more than ever. As a supporter and practitioner of multilateralism, China firmly safeguards the international order with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as the core, and supports the UN in playing a greater role in international affairs. The Chinese side will, as always, support the work of the UN and Mr. Secretary-General, and continue deepening the cooperation between China and the UN in various areas to make greater contributions to the cause of world peace and development and the joint building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

António Guterres noted that the UN pays high attention to China’s international status and global influence, welcomes China’s development and rise, and expresses appreciation for the leading role China has played in global governance and major international and regional affairs. The UN thanks China for its long-term and firm support for the UN and multilateralism, and expects China to play a greater role in international affairs. The UN recognizes and supports the Belt and Road Initiative.

Both sides also exchanged views and reached consensus on international and regional hotspot issues including the Korean Peninsula situation, the Iranian nuclear issue, and climate change.

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