Latest News:  

English>>Foreign Affairs

UN chief hopes for "bigger, stronger partnership" with China

By Gu Zhenqiu (Xinhua)

08:24, June 17, 2013

UNITED NATIONS, June 16 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he is looking forward to meeting members of the new Chinese leadership and he hopes to see "an even bigger and stronger partnership" between the United Nations and China.

The secretary-general made the remarks in an interview with Xinhua ahead of an official visit to China from June 18 to 21 at the invitation of the Chinese government.

This will be his first visit to China since President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other members of the new Chinese leadership assumed office, Ban said.

"I am really looking forward to meeting the new leadership," he said.

China and the United Nations have been maintaining a strong partnership and they could be even closer partners on issues such as the promotion of sustainable development, he said.

On China's role in the UN affairs, Ban said, "China is one of the crucially important member states of the United Nations with your enhanced economic growth such global leadership which has risen."

"I hope China will do more for the whole contribution to the international community starting from peacekeeping operations and also contributing to the international communities on going efforts to define a sustainable development agenda where the sustainable development goals will be at this core."

When asked about his agenda for the upcoming China trip, the UN chief said that he will discuss with the Chinese leaders many regional issues including the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the situation in Syria, Mali, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He said he expects that China will continue to play a very constructive role in maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in facilitating dialogue between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, "thus, reducing the tension on the Korean Peninsula."

The UN chief added that such efforts will benefit beyond the peninsula and be conducive to peace and harmony in Northeast Asia.

Ban highly commended the recent efforts by China to defuse tension on the peninsula, especially Xi's receiving of a special envoy from the DPRK.

"I would like to have more in-depth discussions with President Xi Jinping and other leaders on how China can contribute further to the reduction of tension on the Korean Peninsula," he said.

We Recommend:

A forward thrust in Sino-US relations

New media tells'Chinese foreign affairs story'

Xi, Obama meet for first summit

No tolerance for rogue behavior on dispute

Poverty elimination remains important task

China is victim of hacking attacks

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:HuangBeibei、Yao Chun)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. People welcome Chinese destroyer

  2. Soldiers in joint military training

  3. Protesters stage anti-gov't rally in Bangkok

  4. Double life: Editor with a rock heart

  5. Photos: The ordinary love

  6. Triplet red pandas' life in Fuzhou

  7. China wins mixed doubles title

  8. Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival

  9. Daring new collections hit fashion shops

  10. Calling for new type of industry

Most Popular


  1. SCO chief lauds Harbin fair's co-op contribution
  2. Calling for new type of industry
  3. China is the largest buyer of high-end cameras
  4. Bright future for white spirits
  5. What has historical materialism told us?
  6. Guangming Daily: Never abandon the mass line
  7. It' time to put ASEAN on the map amid EU meltdown
  8. Extraditing Snowden an unwise decision
  9. British economy faces a "tentative upbeat"
  10. Misjudgments must be avoided

What’s happening in China

People cool off in water from orange-coded alert of heat in Chongqing

  1. Chengguan goes undercover as street vendor
  2. HIV/AIDS spreading to younger people in Taiwan
  3. Food safety official in pesticides warning
  4. Cops crack down on fake medicine at adult stores
  5. SCO states conclude disaster relief drill