United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Visits China 2016 (Live Updates)

Jul 7, 2016

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meetings with H.E. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China and H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi, State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China

  The Secretary-General meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Beijing, China, 8 July 2016

The Secretary-General met respectively today with H.E. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China and H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi, State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China.  

The Secretary-General extended his condolences for the lives lost during the recent hurricane and heavy rainfalls that brought devastation to many provinces and commended Premier Li’s personal engagement in the Government of China’s relief efforts. 

The Secretary-General counted on China's continued leadership and multilateral engagement in support of resolving regional and global challenges and looked forward to welcoming Premier Li to the 71st General Debate and High-level UN sessions in September.  He related his appreciation for China’s leadership of the G20 and its focus on inclusive economic growth and sustainable development as key points on the September G20 agenda.  The Secretary-General appreciated Premier Li’s commitment that China will ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change before the G20 and asked him to encourage other Member States to ratify the Agreement in 2016.        

The Secretary-General welcomed China's early efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by aligning its five-year plan with the Sustainable Development Goals. He also commended China's leadership on South-South cooperation, whichis pivotal in advancing the sustainable development agenda worldwide.  

The Secretary-General and Councillor Yang also discussed global and regional concerns, ranging from response to health crises, development in Africa, and the threat of extremism and terrorism.

 

 

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meetings with H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China and H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China

  The Secretary-General and his wife Yoo Soon-taek meet with President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan

Beijing, China, 7 July 2016

The Secretary-General had respective meetings on 7 July with H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China and with H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China. 

The Secretary-General extended his condolences for the lives lost during the recent hurricane and heavy rainfalls that brought devastation to many provinces and commended the Government of China’s relief efforts.

The Secretary-General welcomed China's strong support for the work of the Organisation. He noted that under the leadership of President Xi, cooperation between the United Nations and China had further accelerated, citing among others, China's generous financial and peacekeeping pledges at last year's General Assembly. He greatly valued China's troop contributions to UN missions in complex and challenging environments and expressed his condolences for the recent death of a Chinese peacekeeper in Mali.  

The Secretary-General also valued China's contributions to promote peace and security in Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sudan and South Sudan and encouraged China to remain seized on these issues. As the meetings followed the Secretary-General’s visit to a training base for helicopter crews committed to joining the Peacekeeping force in Darfur, he made particular mention of this Chinese peacekeeping support. 

The interlocutors also discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula and they exchanged views on ways to de-escalate the heightened tensions and find a path for denuclearization through dialogue. 

Noting China's impressive development during the last decade, the Secretary-General recognized the country’s critical role in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at home and abroad, including with itsinclusion in the G20 meeting agenda in September. He also expressed appreciation for China’s leadership on climate change, particularly its support for ratification of the Paris Agreement. 

The Secretary-General reiterated the readiness of the United Nations system to continue to work with the Government of China to advance all three pillars of the UN Charter, peace and security, development and human rights.  

In addition to the meetings with President Xi and Foreign Minister Wang, the Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Wang Yong, State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China prior to his participation in the 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Personswith Disabilities. The Secretary-General commended China on its commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for its inclusion in its development planning.  

 

 The Secretary General delivers remarks at the 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Adoption of the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities
 The Secretary-General shakes hands with Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi

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