Wang vows grow­ing global role for China, deeper ties with UN

For­eign min­is­ter reaf­firms Bei­jing’s com­mit­ments to world or­ga­ni­za­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By FU JING in Geneva fu­jing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi vis­ited Switzer­land-based in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions on Sun­day and pledged that China will en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with them to fur­ther up­hold global gov­er­nance amid a com­pli­cated world sit­u­a­tion.

Wang stressed the com­mit­ments dur­ing talks with Michael Moller, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the United Na­tions Of­fice in Geneva; Mar­garet Chan, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion; and Thomas Bach, pres­i­dent of the Lau­san­nebased In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

The for­eign min­is­ter met on Mon­day with Swiss Pres­i­dent Jo­hann Sch­nei­der-Am­mann and Doris Leuthard, who will be pres­i­dent for one year be­gin­ning in Jan­uary. Both vis­ited China this year.

“Against the back­drop that the global sit­u­a­tion is con­tin­u­ously be­com­ing more com­pli­cated, the role of the United Na­tions can only be strength­ened in­stead of weak­ened,” Wang said while meet­ing with Moller.

Wang said China has at­tached great im­por­tance to co­op­er­a­tion with the UN and will deepen such co­op­er­a­tion.

“China is a strong sup­porter of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and ac­tiv­i­ties of the United Na­tions,” he added.

Wang noted that Geneva was where China made its global de­but, re­fer­ring to pre­mier Zhou En­lai lead­ing a del­e­ga­tion to the Geneva Con­fer­ence in April 1954.

“The UN of­fice in Geneva has played an im­por­tant role in help­ing China in open­ing-up and re­form drives and its de­vel­op­ment, and China has con­trib­uted to global peace and de­vel­op­ment through the UN in Geneva,” Wang said.

Moller agreed with Wang, say­ing mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion are the so­lu­tions to wors­en­ing con­flicts and dis­putes.

“The UN has also at­tached great im­por­tance to China’s role and in­flu­ence in deal­ing with in­ter­na­tional af­fairs,” Moller said. “And we hope to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion with China.”

Dur­ing the meet­ing with Chan of the WHO, Wang vowed that China will con­tinue to sup­port her or­ga­ni­za­tion. “In cop­ing with global chal­lenges, the WHO will fur­ther play a core and lead­ing role and China will sup­port it,” he added.

Chan thanked Wang for Bei­jing’s sup­port for the re­cent global health pro­mo­tion con­fer­ence in China, which she said was an im­por­tant step to­ward bring­ing to fruition the health ob­jec­tives listed in the UN’s 2030 sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals.

“China has set an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple in poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and health un­der­tak­ings, and I be­lieve it will con­trib­ute more to im­prov­ing global pub­lic health and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment,” Chan said.

She added that her or­ga­ni­za­tion is will­ing to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion with China on the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, which was pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in 2013. This year, Xi en­riched the ini­tia­tive by in­ject­ing el­e­ments of health co­op­er­a­tion and green de­vel­op­ment.

In meet­ing with In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent Bach in Lau­sanne, Wang said China is will­ing to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion with the IOC while up­hold­ing the Olympic spirit.

Wang, not­ing China’s suc­cess in host­ing the 2008 Olympic Games in Bei­jing, said: “With the all-out ef­forts of the Chi­nese peo­ple and the sub­stan­tial help of the IOC, I am con­fi­dent that the 2022 Win­ter Olympics will be another huge suc­cess.” The Games will be held in Bei­jing and Zhangji­akou.

Bach said, “The IOC will be a full help­ing hand in de­liv­er­ing a fruit­ful 2022 Win­ter Olympics, while ex­pect­ing to team up on fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion with China.”

The UN has also at­tached great im­por­tance to China’s role and in­flu­ence in deal­ing with in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. And we hope to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion with China.” Michael Moller, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the UN of­fice in Geneva

PENG DAWEI / FOR CHINA DAILY

IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach in­tro­duces the Olympic Mu­seum to For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, on Sun­day, be­side a statue of Pierre de Cou­bertin, founder of the mod­ern Olympics.

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