BEIJING — Premier Li Keqiang made a golden fall trip to America from Sept 18 to Sept 28, visiting the UN headquarters in New York of the United States, Canada and Cuba.
During the visit, the Premier expounded China’s positions on peace and development at the UN, and conveyed China’s confidence in its own economic growth as well as commitment to sustainable development.
Premier Li reaffirmed China’s readiness to inject new dynamics into the China-Canada relations for a new “golden 10 years” prospect, and to upgrade the traditional friendship with Cuba to a new stage.
Throughout the trip, the Chinese premier showcased China’s charm as a responsible, wise and generous world power.
RESPONSIBILITIES AS WORLD POWER
Sustainable development was the theme of the current UN General Assembly. This year also marked the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets goals aimed at elimination of hunger, realization of food security, promotion of sustainable agriculture, among others.
On behalf of the Chinese government, Premier Li released the country’s national plan for implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. When chairing a roundtable on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at the UN headquarters, he said China will have greater resolution and make greater efforts to ensure the achievement of the SDGs at the earliest time possible.
As a leader and implementer of sustainable development, China has fixed a plan for two centuries of development as a long-term strategy and the “13th Five-Year Plan” for a short-term one.
While realizing the “China Dream” for national rejuvenation, China is also making substantial contributions to world sustainable development at the same time.
As the world’s most populous nation and a responsible world power, China is actively participating in relevant international cooperation plans and invites other countries to join its own development projects and share their benefits. The aim of China is to contribute to building a world of abundance, full development and dignity.
WISDOM OF WORLD POWER
The Premier’s visit included numerous dialogues and interactions which drew widespread attention and interest from the UN and host countries.
At the UN headquarters, Premier Li chaired a roundtable meeting on SDGs participated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Chairman of the 71st UN General Assembly Peter Thomson and leaders of other major international organizations. During the meeting, Premier Li fully expounds China’s views and plans to implement the Sustainable Development Agenda and reach SDGs.
The Premier also held a number of successful interactions with US citizen business, media and think tank personalities in New York on the China-US relations, China’s economic development perspectives, and furthering bilateral ties between China and the United States.
In Canada, the Premier was warmly welcomed by the whole spectrum of Canadian political system and government leaders, while closely interacting with local business leaders, which made his Canada trip a complete success.
In Cuba, the Premier had five separate meetings with Cuban leader Raul Castro who expressed his wish to see more Chinese participation in his country’s economic and social development.
Premier Li pointed out when joining the UN general assembly debate that development is the key to solving numerous problems and addressing the roots of global challenges. It is also vital to guaranteeing the fundamental rights of the people and keeping human civilization moving forward, he added.
China’s own wisdom is working to diagnose global problems, to promote a strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth worldwide, and to create confidence.
GENEROSITY OF WORLD POWER
On world refugee and migrant crisis, the Premier said the issue is a humanitarian crisis testing human conscience. He said China decided to donate $100 million to the UN for dealing with the refugee and migrants crisis as “an act of justice.”
On sustainable development, Premier Li announced a $100 million donation to UN agencies, calling global development partnership and sustainable development “a common cause for the whole world” and “moral responsibility” of all.
The China-initiated assistance fund for South-South Cooperation and the China-UN Peace and Development Fund, China’s commitment to UN climate change goals by signing the Paris Pact, all showed the country’s sense of responsibility to meet the global challenges.
With a spirit of openness and inclusiveness, China has proposed the construction of a human community of common destiny, while stressing the priority of seeking mutual understanding, common interests over differences and misunderstanding in developing relations with countries with different political systems.
Peace and development remains the theme of the world today. China will continue to make efforts to safeguard international peace and promote human common development.
Premier Li’s visit to America again demonstrated that China will stick to its promises, take its own responsibilities, seek common ground while putting aside differences with others, look for a win-win situation in collaborations, deepen friendship, and strengthen confidence.
As a result, China’s diplomacy as a world power presents its charm to the rest of the world.