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Foreign Minister Wang Yi Holds Talks with President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly Peter Thomson
2016/08/26

On August 26, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with visiting President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Peter Thomson.

Wang Yi congratulated Peter Thomson on his election as the President of the 71st session of the UNGA. Wang Yi said that the 71st session serves as a link between the past and the future. On the one hand, it needs to implement the achievements of the series of summits commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the UN; on the other hand, it bears the responsibility of discussing how to strengthen global governance and effectively handle global challenges amidst worldwide disorder. It is hoped that under the leadership of Mr. President, all parties can further pool political willingness and consensus to realize win-win cooperation on the UNGA platform.

Wang Yi expressed that China attaches great importance to its cooperation with the UN. When attending the series of UN summits last year, President Xi Jinping proposed to establish a new model of international relationship with win-win cooperation as its core as well as forge a community of common destiny for mankind, and announced a series of major cooperation initiatives. These fully reflect China's basic claims to the future development of the world and mankind and represent the trend of social progress and historical development, winning extensive responses and support from the international community. China is fully carrying out all the achievements of the summits. We are willing to deepen cooperation with the UN in various fields to advance the cause of international peace and development.

Peter Thomson noted that China's positive contributions are of great importance to the UN's work and even the cause of world peace and development. President Xi Jinping's important speech at last year's UNGA was a significant milestone, and received positive responses and support from all sides. He warmly welcomed Chinese leaders to attend this year's UNGA. He said that throughout his presidency, he will be devoted to promoting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and actively advancing such agendas as coping with climate change, during which he hopes to keep obtaining vigorous support from China.

The two sides also exchanged views on other international and regional issues of common concern.

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