Li has packed agenda for UN assembly

Pre­mier to dis­cuss is­sues such as world or­der, peace and de­vel­op­ment and will meet Obama

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO HUANXIN in New York zhao­huanxin@chi­

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang ar­rived in New York on Sun­day af­ter­noon to start a whirl­wind of ac­tiv­i­ties in the city, where he will ad­dress the an­nual gen­eral debate and meet with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

The pre­mier and his wife Pro­fes­sor Chen Hong each re­ceived a bou­quet of flow­ers from a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Chi­nese UN mis­sion as they ar­rived at Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port to kick-off an 11-day trip that will also take them to Canada and Cuba.

Se­cu­rity in New York was tight on Sun­day, as po­lice were still search­ing for clues of an ex­plo­sion that rocked a Man­hat­tan’s Chelsea neigh­bor­hood Satur­day night, in­jur­ing 29 peo­ple.

A se­cu­rity staff per­son at the ho­tel where Li and his del­e­ga­tion will stay told China Daily that she be­lieved the sit­u­a­tion was “se­ri­ous”.

This year marks the 45th an­niver­sary of the restora­tion of China’s seat at the United Na­tions.

Dur­ing his four-day stay in the city, the pre­mier will ex­pound on China’s view­points on ma­jor is­sues re­gard­ing the in­ter­na­tional or­der, global gov­er­nance and peace and de­vel­op­ment.

“An ac­tive sup­porter of all causes of the UN, China strongly de­fends the pur­poses and prin­ci­ples of the UN Char­ter, and ac­tively par­tic­i­pates in the work of the UN as a per­ma­nent mem­ber of its Se­cu­rity Coun­cil,” Li said upon his ar­rival.

“China is will­ing to work with all sides to make con­tri­bu­tions to bet­ter ad­dress global chal­lenges and pro­mote world peace and de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

The pre­mier is sched­uled to at­tend two high-level meet­ings — one spon­sored by the UN, and an­other by the US — on ad­dress­ing the thorny is­sue of mass move­ment of refugees and mi­grants. China will con­trib­ute to re­solv­ing the chal­lenges through of­fer­ing mea­sures and ma­te­rial aid, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs.

At the an­nual gen­eral debate, the pre­mier is ex­pected to roll out a raft of prag­matic mea­sures to sup­port the UN’s work in cop­ing with chal­lenges such as ter­ror­ism and refugee cri­sis.

Liu Jieyi, China’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN, said Li will of­fer Chi­nese mea­sures to help pro­mote peace and de­vel­op­ment through­out the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

China will lead in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment and co­op­er­a­tion and pro­mote im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, he said.

“As the world’s largest de­vel­op­ing coun­try, China has a unique ad­van­tage in im­ple­ment­ing creative, har­mo­nious, green, open and shared de­vel­op­ment, as well as pro­mot­ing de­vel­op­ment and co­op­er­a­tion among coun­tries,” Liu said.

In early Septem­ber, China suc­cess­fully hosted the Group of 20 Sum­mit. For the first time, China put the is­sue of de­vel­op­ment at the top of the world pol­icy agenda and in­jected vigor into global de­vel­op­ment, Liu said.

China plans to play a big­ger role to keep in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.

“Among UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil per­ma­nent mem­ber coun­tries, China sends the largest group of peace­keep­ers to over­seas posts,” Liu said. “China is also the sec­ond-largest peace­keep­ing fun­der.”

“China has al­ways ad­vo­cated for peace­fully solv­ing dis­putes through di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tion, and safe­guard­ing se­cu­rity through joint, com­pre­hen­sive, co­op­er­a­tive and sus­tain­able ef­forts,” he added.

China firmly sup­ports a “strong and ro­bust” role for the UN, he added.

Ear­lier last week, Vice-For­eign Min­is­ter Li Baodong said China hoped to use the pre­mier’s UN tour as an op­por­tu­nity to strengthen com­mu­ni­ca­tion with other sides and un­der­line the ba­sic norms of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.

“The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should jointly es­tab­lish a new in­ter­na­tional or­der with co­op­er­a­tion and rec­i­proc­ity at its core,” the vice-min­is­ter told a press con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

On the side­lines, Li will have a brief meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Obama to dis­cuss US-China re­la­tions and most likely, the Korean Penin­sula is­sue, which has be­come more com­pli­cated fol­low­ing the re­cent nu­clear test in the North and a US de­ci­sion to de­ploy the Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense (THAAD), an ad­vanced anti-mis­sile sys­tem, in South Korea.


Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and his wife, Cheng Hong (sec­ond from left), are greeted by Zhang Qiyue (right), China’s con­sul gen­eral in New York; Liu Jieyi (sec­ond from right), China’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions; and Cui Tiankai (fourth from right), China’s am­bas­sador to the United States; at John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port in New York on Sun­day.

Liu Jieyi, China’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions

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