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Wang Yi Speaks on the Phone with President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)Volkan Bozkir

2020/09/28

On September 27, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with President of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Volkan Bozkir on the phone.

Wang Yi congratulated Volkan Bozkir on assuming presidency of the 75th session of the UNGA, saying that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the UN's founding and the current session of the UNGA carries great and special significance. President Xi Jinping has attended high-level meetings of the 75th anniversary of the UN via video conferences earlier and delivered important speeches, in which he advocates multilateralism, safeguards the core position of the UN, calls for strengthening and improving global governance, promotes to build a community with a shared future for mankind and proposes China's solutions to various traditional and non-traditional challenges.

Wang Yi pointed out, in the face of the new impact of COVID-19, all countries should stand in greater solidarity to form an international anti-pandemic force. The Chinese side supports the important role played by the UN in this regard and is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with the UN system, jointly opposes any actions that politicize the pandemic and label the virus and adhere to the right direction of international cooperation in the fight against the pandemic.

Wang Yi noted, the Chinese side appreciates Mr. President for prioritizing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which meets the common aspiration of the vast majority of countries, in particular the developing countries. Poverty eradication and alleviation are the most important goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is expected that sustainable development will be given a bigger priority on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN's founding. Wang Yi underscored, we have entered the era of connectivity when unilateralism, protectionism and isolationism have no way out in this global village and cannot last either. A major country does not mean greater power, but greater responsibility. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China will firmly support the UN-centered international system and the international order based on international law.

Volkan Bozkirsaid, as the president of the UNGA, the focus of this session is to push forward the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development towards its goals, dedicated to eradicating poverty and helping countries in need, particularly small and medium-sized countries. Strengthening and defending multilateralism is a priority of the UNGA. As China is an advocate and important cooperation partner of multilateralism, I look forward to strengthening coordination with the Chinese side in this regard.

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