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President Xi Jinping Meets with UN Secretary-General António Guterres


On the afternoon of 16 November local time, President Xi Jinping met with Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres in Bali.

President Xi pointed out that as the world is undergoing momentous changes, it is imperative to put the future of humanity front and center and work in solidarity to tide over the difficulties. Major countries, in particular, need to set a good example and play a leading role so as to bring more confidence and strength to the world. President Xi expressed his conviction that peace, development and win-win cooperation remain an unstoppable historical trend and that humanity enjoys a bright future. 

President Xi highlighted that China is a staunch supporter of the UN-centered international system. For peace to be achieved around the world, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter must be upheld, and the legitimate security concerns of all countries must be taken seriously. The global development process is confronted with unprecedented challenges, and developing countries, the vulnerable ones in particular, have suffered the most. It is imperative to place development at the center of the international agenda, nurture new drivers for global development, forge a global development partnership, pursue more robust, greener and more balanced global development, and let every country and individual benefit more and in a fairer way from development outcomes. In this regard, countries need to match their words with actions, and produce more tangible results rather than make empty rhetoric. China will strengthen cooperation with the UN and jointly work for solid progress on the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative. China will strive to promote the overall progress of mankind through Chinese modernization and create new opportunities for the world through its further development, with a view to adding more stability and certainty to a volatile world. China will continue to uphold true multilateralism and give firm support to the work of the UN.

Secretary-General Guterres once again congratulated President Xi Jinping on his re-election as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. He noted that developing countries are hit by a series of crises, including food crisis, energy crisis and climate change. Global development remains highly unequal and unbalanced. The UN commends China’s commitment to multilateralism. The Global Development Initiative China has proposed is aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. When it comes to helping developing countries realize common development, China’s efforts have been unmatched. The UN firmly supports the one-China principle, and recognizes it as a red line for China that must be respected and not crossed. The UN wishes to continue to work closely with China and looks forward to China playing an even more important role in upholding world peace and development.

Ding Xuexiang, Wang Yi and He Lifeng, among others, were present at the meeting.

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