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Xi Jinping Meets with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan

On July 25, 2016, President Xi Jinping met with Director-General Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the Great Hall of the People.

Xi Jinping pointed out that in today's world, with increasingly closer relations with the development of politics, economy, culture, society and other fields, medical care and public health exert growing influences on international relations and foreign policy. The Chinese government attaches great importance to people's health, and has made important progress in deepening reform, improving national medical insurance system, bettering medical care and public health service system, establishing basic drug system, promoting basic medical care and public health services and other aspects. However, at the same time China still faces many challenges. The Chinese government has made the strategic deployment to promote the construction of a healthy China, and is now accelerating the formulation of the medium and long-term planning for health development. To provide medical care and public health services at a higher level to all Chinese people is also an important part of the two centenary goals.

Xi Jinping emphasized that as a special organization of the United Nations in public health, the WHO plays an increasingly important role in timely and effectively coping with epidemics and coordinating global public health affairs. China pays high attention to the important role of the WHO and enjoys sound and long-term cooperative relationship with the WHO. Both sides have conducted practical cooperation in extensive areas including infectious diseases prevention and control. China actively supports the WHO to promote the implementation of goals related to public health set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at global, regional and national levels, and stands ready to launch cooperation in medical care and public health under the “Belt and Road” framework.

Margaret Chan noted that the WHO speaks highly of the important contributions made by the Chinese government in international affairs, especially global public health cooperation. China has played a leading role in implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The "Belt and Road" initiative proposed by China shows foresight, and offers a new pattern for global cooperation and global governance under the new situation. China has drawn great attention for taking the lead to implement the Millennium Development Goals, realizing national medical insurance coverage and actively promoting medical care reform, which will provide new impetus for the international public health undertaking. The WHO is willing to work with China to further enhance cooperation and continue to firmly adhere to the One-China policy.

Vice Premier Liu Yandong and others attended the meeting.

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