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Xi Jinping Meets with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of UN

On July 7, 2016, President Xi Jinping met at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations (UN).

Xi Jinping welcomed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's 10th visit to China, and spoke positively of Ban Ki-moon's efforts in safeguarding world peace, promoting sustainable development of the international community, dealing with climate change and other global challenges as well as his contributions to enhancing cooperation between the UN and China in the past decade during his tenure as UN Secretary-General. Xi Jinping pointed out that at present, China-UN cooperation is constantly deepening. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the largest developing country, China will continue to be a firm supporter, protector and participant of the UN.

Xi Jinping stressed that diversity is the wheels and fountain of world progress. All countries must find development paths suiting their own national conditions. Economic globalization not only brings opportunities and prosperity, but also poses challenges and problems, which needs global governance enhancement and commitment of building a community of common destiny. We should continue to carry forward the purpose and principles of the UN Charter while advancing with the times and advocating global governance concepts featuring joint consultation, joint construction and sharing. We should build an international relationship that reflects the reality of world multi-polarization and emphasizes more on coordination with rules and systems. We must commit to resolving hotspot international issues through political means, advocate dialogue and consultation, address both symptoms and root causes and give full play to the main channel role of the UN.

Xi Jinping welcomed Ban Ki-moon to attend the G20 Hangzhou Summit this September. Xi Jinping pointed out that China attaches high importance to and carries out close cooperation with the UN on issues such as development and climate change, which has yielded important progress. China will push forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by pushing the G20 Summit to focus on development and promoting the joint-construction of the "Belt and Road" initiative. The reason why China advocates setting up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and is willing to enhance cooperation with international organizations such as the UN, the World Bank and others is to share its development opportunities with other countries in the world.

Ban Ki-moon once again extended condolences to the death of a Chinese peacekeeper in an attack on the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali and thanked China for its firm support and active participation in UN peacekeeping missions. Ban Ki-moon expressed that China has made prominent contributions to UN causes and played an important leading role in promoting global sustainable development and dealing with climate change. President Xi Jinping proposed important ideas and specific initiatives concerning UN peacekeeping missions and South-South cooperation when attending series of summits marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN, exerting significant impact on global cooperation in relevant areas. Ban Ki-moon also appreciated China's efforts to resolve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue as the Chair of the Six-Party Talks. The UN is willing to enhance cooperation with the AIIB and others initiated by the Chinese side to boost infrastructure construction in developing countries. Ban Ki-moon looks forward to attending the G20 Hangzhou Summit in China this September.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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