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Xi Jinping Attends Ceremony of Presenting Zun of Peace from China to the UN

2015/09/28

On September 27 local time, President Xi Jinping attended the ceremony of presenting Zun of Peace from China to the United Nations (UN) in New York. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the UN was present.

In his speech in the ceremony, Xi Jinping pointed out this Zun of Peace is presented by the Chinese government as a gift to the UN to commemorate its 70th anniversary. Zun of Peace, modeled after Zun, a bronze ritual object used in ancient China, represents China's high regard and support for the UN and the best wishes of the over 1.3 billion Chinese people to the organization. It not only represents the time-honored history and modern civilization of the Chinese nation, but also stands as a symbol of exchanges and mutual-learning between different civilizations and cultures in pursuit of common progress. Zun of Peace expresses the aspiration of China and its people to promote peace, development, and win-win cooperation, which also underpins the UN Charter. As the organization enters a new decade, China will work with all countries to realize the dream of the UN.

Ban Ki-moon delivered a passionate speech, expressing gratitude to the Chinese government for presenting Zun of Peace to the UN. Ban Ki-moon noted that the Zun of Peace represents the common value and close cooperation between China and the UN. The UN is grateful to China for its contributions to world peace and development cause. Under the new circumstances, the UN is ready to boost cooperation with China in realizing Millennium Development Goals, global poverty reduction, addressing climate change and other fields.

Xi Jinping and Ban Ki-moon unveiled the Zun of Peace after their speeches.

Zun of Peace, mainly in the color of "Chinese red", is made with the cloisonné technique, an intangible cultural heritage of China. The dragons at the top represent guardians of peace, and the elephants and phoenixes on both sides convey wishes for prosperity across the world. The whole work is adorned with traditional auspicious patterns and elements of the Silk Road, representing China's vision of peace, development, exchanges and cooperation. The seven flying doves symbolize 70 years of the UN's dedication to world peace.

Peng Liyuan, Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present at above-mentioned event.

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