UNITED NATIONS — Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sept 18 met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the two sides pledged to boost cooperation in tackling hot spot issues.
Wang said that China hopes the United Nations can play a more important role as the number of uncertainties and destabilizing factors increases.
China appreciates the fact that the United Nations and the secretary-general himself highly agree with the ideas put forward by President Xi Jinping, such as the building of a community of shared future for mankind, the building of an open global economy, and the rebalancing of economic globalization, said Wang.
China is willing to cooperate with the United Nations on the basis of the above-mentioned consensuses, and work to safeguard the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, to promote multilateralism, to increase investment in development, to enhance peacekeeping capacity so as to deal with various global challenges.
With regard to the situation in Rakhine State of Myanmar, Wang said China is opposed to violence in the region and understands the Myanmar government’s efforts to maintain stability of the country.
China expects to see the end of war and an end to people’s sufferings as soon as possible, Wang said, adding China is sympathetic with the people who have fled to Bangladesh and will provide humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh.
China’s stance is that Myanmar and Bangladesh should solve impending issues through dialogue and consultations, Wang said.
China is willing to encourage talks and push for peace in its own way, and hopes the international community can play a constructive role in helping reduce tension and promoting dialogue, he added.
Guterres said the United Nations attaches importance to China’s international status and influence, appreciates China’s leading role in peacekeeping, in handling hot spot issues, in tackling climate change and in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The United Nations is willing to cooperate with China and make joint efforts in dealing with various global challenges, he said.
The United Nations attaches importance to China’s stance on Rakhine State of Myanmar and hopes that China will play an important role in reducing tension, using its influence, he added.
Wang and Guterres also exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Wang is in New York for the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.