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Wang Yi Meets with Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres

On April 26, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres, who was in China for the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Wang Yi said China and the UN are natural partners in jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative. Your speech at the opening ceremony this morning shows your strong support for the Belt and Road Initiative, which we highly appreciate. Jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative follows the principal of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, conforms to the purposes of the UN Charter, pursues openness, green and integrity, and reflects the general will of the international community. It advocates high-quality development and sustainable development and improves people's livelihood, and it is highly consistent with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More than 10 UN agencies have signed cooperation agreements with the Chinese side. The Chinese side is ready to enhance communication and integration with the UN to jointly push for more tangible results in cooperation in the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. At present, upholding multilateralism is the greatest common divisor of the international community. China and the UN should work together to translate multilateralism into concrete actions and enhance international coordination and cooperation.

António Guterres said that the Belt and Road Initiative is highly compatible with the goals pursued by the UN and is conducive to solving various problems facing the world today and addressing challenges such as financing for development and climate change. The Belt and Road Initiative is an important opportunity for all countries in the world. The UN stands ready to work closely with the Chinese side in the process of jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative to jointly promote the cause of peace and development of mankind.

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