Sup­port for UN is firm, Xi tells Ban

Pres­i­dent praises achieve­ments of out­go­ing sec­re­tary-gen­eral, says du­ties faith­fully ful­filled

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By MO JINGXI and AN BAIJIE

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping praised co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and the United Na­tions and reaf­firmed China’s firm sup­port for the or­ga­ni­za­tion in a phone con­ver­sa­tion on Mon­day with out­go­ing UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon.

The call came at a time when China is work­ing com­pre­hen­sively and at an un­prece­dented level with the UN, ob­servers said.

Xi said the world is fac­ing many new prob­lems that re­quire stronger global gover­nance and more work from the UN, and he praised Ban’s con­tri­bu­tion to deep­en­ing China’s co­op­er­a­tion with the UN dur­ing his 10 years as head of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ban has faith­fully ful­filled the du­ties con­ferred by the UN Char­ter and recorded re­mark­able achieve­ments, Xi said.

The pres­i­dent stressed that China’s co­op­er­a­tion with the UN has reached a new level, thanks to the ef­forts of both par­ties, and added that China would con­tinue to firmly sup­port the UN and main­tain close co­op­er­a­tion with in­com­ing sec­re­tary-gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res to ad­vance China’s ties with the UN.

Last month, Guter­res vis­ited China and met with Chi­nese lead­ers. He praised China’s role in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs and said he ex­pected China to make even more con­tri­bu­tions in pro­mot­ing world peace and de­vel­op­ment.

Ban, whose sec­ond fiveyear term comes to an end this week, said he ap­pre­ci­ated China’s sig­nif­i­cant sup­port while he served as UN chief.

Ban said that China had played a lead­ing role in pro­mot­ing the UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals, boost­ing South-South co­op­er­a­tion and tack­ling global cli­mate change.

Ruan Zongze, vice-pres­i­dent of the think tank China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said the phone call shows that China places a high value on co­op­er­a­tion with the UN.

“It is es­pe­cially im­por­tant to re­in­force the UN’s in­flu­ence amid a ris­ing wave of anti-glob­al­iza­tion,” he said.

Wang Yi­wei, an ex­pert on Euro­pean stud­ies at Ren­min Univer­sity of China in Bei­jing, said re­cent in­ter­ac­tion by Ban and Guter­res with China also shows that the UN at­taches great im­por­tance to its co­op­er­a­tion with China.

“China has made pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change, an im­por­tant legacy of Ban’s term,” he said.

The Chi­nese manned deep-sea re­search sub­mersible ex­pe­di­tion next year.

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