Chinese FM meets with UN chief, highlighting cooperation on development

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-29 12:51:36|Editor: An
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) meets with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York, April 28, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

UNITED NATIONS, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Friday met with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, with Wang voicing support of the organization and the two agreeing to enhance cooperation on sustainable development and other issues.

Wang and Guterres met after they attended a UN Security Council ministerial meeting on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

During their meeting, Wang conveyed greetings from the Chinese leaders to Guterres, and said that the new UN chief has brought new vitality, ways of thinking and practical measures to the organization.

"China supports UN-centered multilateralism," said Wang, noting that as the most authoritative and credible international body, the United Nations should play a more important role in maintaining global peace and security in the face of the current turbulent situation.

Wang said that Chinese President Xi Jinping made a keynote speech at the UN office in Geneva in January on building a community of shared future for mankind, sending a message of win-win cooperation to the world.

The Belt and Road Initiative, which aims at promoting the re-balancing of the economic globalization process and building a community of shared future for mankind, has received widespread support from the international community, said Wang.

The minister also said China welcomes Guterres to attend the upcoming Belt and Road Forum on International Cooperation to be held in Beijing in May.

He meanwhile expressed the hope that "a positive signal of inclusion and win-win cooperation" will be sent from the forum to the world.

"We are ready to enhance cooperation with the UN and all parties in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, as well as on climate change responses," he added.

Guterres said he is looking forward to attending the Belt and Road forum.

China is a firm supporter of the United Nations and multilateralism as well as an advocate of globalization and free trade, the UN chief said, noting that China has played an important role in maintaining global peace, security and prosperity and has made positive contributions to peacekeeping operations.

The UN Secretariat has paid great attention to its cooperation with China, said Guterres, adding that the Belt and Road Initiative and the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank mesh with the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and climate change agreement. He also expressed the hope that China could play a greater role in international affairs.

During their meeting, the two also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.