UN elects Israel as committee chair for first time
and trade ties between China and the European side. During the meeting, Xi said China will support deepening cooperation between the two sides on education, visa facilitation, freedoms of the air and traditional Chinese medicine.
Echoing Xi, Merkel said the two sides should work to enhance mutual trust and boost cooperation on the integration of the “Made In China 2025” blueprint and the “Industrial 4.0” strategy.
Merkel told Xi that the German side attaches importance to the implementation of the Article 15 of the accession protocol.
She said Germany welcomes China’s important role in international affairs and stands ready to increase communication and coordination with China over international and regional hotspot issues. During the meeting, Xi and Merkel also agreed to make joint efforts to make success of the Group of 20 (G20) summits of 2016 and 2017 to contribute to global economic growth. China will host this year’s G20 summit in September and Germany will host the summit in 2017. UNITED NATIONS—The UN General Assembly elected Israel to chair one of its six major committees for the first time on Tuesday, a decision denounced by the Palestinians and Arab nations. In the secret ballot election in the 193-member world body, Israel received 109 “yes” votes.
Nobody voted against Israel but there were 23 abstentions, 14 invalid ballots, and 43 votes for other countries in the Western European and Others group which nominated Israel to chair the assembly committee dealing with legal issues. “This is a historic achievement for Israel,” said Israel’s UN Ambassador responsible qualified candidate, not a big violator of international law.” Danon “represents occupation” and is not qualified to chair the committee, Mansour said. “This is negative. This is destructive. This is showing lack of sensitivity to our concerns.” The Israeli ambassador said “it was a pitiful moment” to see some Arab countries trying to block Israel. “As the chairman of the committee I will work with all member states, including those who didn’t vote for me today, and they will have to decide whether they will come to promote the real goals of the United Nations,” Danon said.