Xi Jinping meets with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

2022-05-08 0 By

Beijing, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) — President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.Xi stressed that hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics is China’s solemn commitment to the international community.China will host a simple, safe and wonderful Olympic Games, which will provide a stage for athletes from all countries to surpass themselves, help realize the goal of building a healthy China, and inject confidence and strength into the world plagued by COVID-19.By hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics, the Chinese people once again demonstrated their positive spirit and strength.With such people behind us, we can do anything.Xi pointed out that at present and in the future, there are three major events in the world that deserve serious consideration and attention.First, solidarity in the fight against the epidemic.China fully supports the UN’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the population by the middle of this year. China has fulfilled its commitment of providing 2 billion doses of vaccines to other countries by 2021, and will continue to scale up assistance to developing countries.China does what it says and does what it says.Second, we need to promote development.I put forward the global Development Initiative, which is highly aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to promote stronger, green and healthy global development.China is ready to work closely with the UN in this regard.Third, promote democracy.There is no one-size-fits-all model of system or development model.Every country has the right to choose a path that suits its national conditions and the needs of its people.Xi stressed that mankind lives in the same global village and their destinies are closely linked.In the face of various pressing global challenges, only by strengthening solidarity and cooperation and joining hands in the “Noah’s Ark” of the new era can mankind enjoy a better tomorrow.China will continue to firmly support the work of the United Nations, demonstrate its broad vision and sense of responsibility as always, and make new contributions to upholding world peace and development and building a community with a shared future for mankind.Guterres expressed warm congratulations on China’s successful and splendid opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.It is remarkable that China managed to organize such a large and safe Winter Olympics.At present, the world needs a successful Winter Olympics to send a clear message to the world that people of any country, ethnic group and religion can transcend differences and achieve unity and cooperation.By providing 2 billion doses of vaccine to the world, China has made a huge contribution to the world’s response to the epidemic.The global development initiative put forward by President Xi Jinping is of great significance to advancing the realization of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and addressing inequality and imbalance in global development.The world cannot afford division and confrontation. Only through multilateralism and solidarity and cooperation can we effectively respond to risks and challenges.He thanked China for its firm support for the UN and multilateralism, for which its partnership with China is an important pillar.The UN looks forward to strengthening cooperation with China and hopes that China will play a bigger role in the reform of the international system and other important issues.Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and other officials attended the meeting.