Premier Li Keqiang met with António Guterres, the next United Nations Secretary-General, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov 28.
Premier Li extended his congratulations to the incoming UN secretary-general, saying that as the international economy and global politics are witnessing profound changes, the international society should stick to the multilateral cooperation system with the United Nations at the core and adhere to the direction of economic globalization and political multi-polarization.
He hopes the United Nations continues to firmly maintain the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and promote UN members’ equal participation in global governance, and enhance the voices and representation of developing countries in international affairs.
Efforts should be made to implement the Sustainable Development Agenda and promote political and peaceful methods to solve conflicts, the Premier added.
This year is the 45th anniversary of the resumption of China’s legitimate seat in the United Nations and the cooperation between China and the United Nations has entered a new stage, he noted.
As the world’s largest developing country and permanent member of the UN Security Council, China is willing to strengthen cooperation with all parties, support enhancement of the UN’s authority and capabilities to cope with all kinds of challenges, as well as promote world peace, stability, sustainable and inclusive development, he said.
António Guterres said that China’s development attracted attention from the world with its growing international influence and significant role in UN affairs.
The United Nations speaks highly of China’s proactive efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Agenda and is willing to cooperate closely with China to deal with challenges and promote economic globalization and inclusive development together.