Xi com­mits to strong back­ing for UN

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG ZHIHAO and MOJINGXI in Bei­jing Con­tact the writ­ers at zhangzhi­hao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China will con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate in and sup­port United Na­tions af­fairs, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping told UN sec­re­tary­gen­eral des­ig­nate An­to­nio Guter­res on Mon­day.

The UN should also carry out the 2030 sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment agenda and Paris cli­mate agree­ment, and look af­ter the in­ter­ests of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries while help­ing them voice their opin­ions and as­sist­ing them, Xi said. The pres­i­dent noted that this year marks the 45th an­niver­sary of the restora­tion of China’s right­ful seat at the UN.

Guter­res praised China for sup­port­ing the UN.

The UN is will­ing to co­op­er­ate closely with China and pro­mote world peace, se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity, he said.

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang, who had a sep­a­rate meet­ing with Guter­res, said China is will­ing to in­crease co­op­er­a­tion with other na­tions to main­tain the au­thor­ity of the UN, im­prove its abil­ity to tackle emer­gen­cies, and fa­cil­i­tate sus­tain­able and in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment.

Guter­res, 67, was prime min­is­ter of Por­tu­gal from 1995 to 2002.

He served as UN high com­mis­sioner for refugees from 2005 to 2015 be­fore be­ing elected as Ban Ki-moon’s suc­ces­sor as UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral. He will take up that post at the start of 2017.

Guter­res vis­ited Rus­sia and Kaza­khstan be­fore mak­ing his first visit to China since be­com­ing the sec­re­tary-gen­eral des­ig­nate last month.

In another meet­ing on Mon­day, with For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi, Guter­res said that China also led the build­ing of new global in­stru­ments such as the Asian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank and the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive to help other na­tions achieve sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment through co­op­er­a­tion.

At the same time, Guter­res said, China has been bring­ing to­gether na­tions in con­flict to re­solve is­sues through di­a­logue. “China is a solid pil­lar for mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism,” he said, adding that China could be­come the peace bro­ker that “the world badly needs to­day”.

No coun­try can suc­ceed in solv­ing global is­sues alone, said Shen Yongxin, a re­searcher in world his­tory stud­ies at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences.

Shen said the UN is an ef­fec­tive plat­form for col­lec­tive re­sponse to global chal­lenges, through which China can ex­er­cise its lead­er­ship and bring na­tions to­gether to tackle global is­sues.

WU ZHIYI / CHINA DAILY

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping meets with United Na­tions sec­re­tary-gen­eral des­ig­nate An­to­nio Guter­res in Bei­jing on Mon­day.

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