Chinese premier promotes peace, development, cooperation on UN visit: FM

08:26, September 25, 2010      

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Premier Wen Jiabao's three-day U.N. visit this week has been fruitful as a major diplomatic effort at a time when new changes are emerging in the world economy and politics, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told reporters Friday.

Wen was in New York from Tuesday to Thursday for the U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the general debate of the 65th session of the U.N. General Assembly, a summit of the U.N. Security Council member states, and a high-level discussion panel on AIDS and MDGs. He also met with U.S. President Barack Obama on bilateral ties and regional and world issues, calling for more cooperation.

Yang said Wen made the New York trip as the world economy stabilized and started to show improvement but the recovery remained unbalanced and was still not solid.

The international community has, in general, made significant progress on meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the minister said. he said, however, more imminent is the imbalance in international development and there are new challenges in international cooperation and development.

The developing countries want more attention from the international community on the development issue, the minister said, and countries are ever more willing to promote peace, development and cooperation. They, he said, expect a greater role for the United Nations in safeguarding world peace, promoting mutual development and advancing international cooperation.

Wen's trip also came at a time when there are some misunderstandings and misinterpretations about China, which had led the global economic recovery and was put in the global spotlight, Yang said.

Wen's visit was also important given that the handling of ties between China and the United States, in particular the appropriate handling of the differences and the advancing of mutual trust and cooperation, is of great importance to the health of their bilateral relations, the foreign minister added.


Premier Wen tried to present China as it is at the U.N. meetings, the welcome banquet in his honor organized by friendly organizations, meetings with foreign leaders and guests, and in media interviews.

The premier was sincere and objective about the true condition, challenges and development strategy of China. He made it clear that there had been no change to the fundamental fact that China remains a developing country and that it will stick to the policy of reform and opening up to the outside and the long-term pursuit of peaceful development, Yang said.

It is widely agreed, Yang said, that Premier Wen responded with clear and definitive answers to questions about the developing country status, development strategy and international role of China.

His words had been sincere and his arguments convincing, helping the international community better understand China as it is and increasing their confidence in the country, Yang said.

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