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Chinese FM opens discussion as rotating president

The UN Security Council has just wrapped up a China-proposed open debate on maintaining international peace and security. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi presided. He’s the rotating president of the 15-nation UN body for February.

UN officials said around 80 speakers, including UN chief Ban Ki-moon and foreign ministers of Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia and Venezuela, would take the floor.

Wang Yi presented China’s proposal for a new form of international relations.

“Reflect on History, Reaffirm the Strong Commitment to the Purposes and the Principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The Charter affirms the strong determination of the international community to prevent war and maintain lasting peace,” Wang said.

“For 70 years, the Charter has inspired one generation after another to make unrelenting efforts for the lofty cause of world peace. China advocates a new thinking of win-win and all-win cooperation, as well as a new concept of community building for shared interests and common destiny.”