Lajčák meets China´s Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister in Beijing

Lajčák meets China´s Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister in Beijing

14.7.2017 | Aktivity ministra |

The official visit of the Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák continued its second day today (14 July) with his reception by Li Yuanchao, Vice President of the People's Republic of China, and talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi. 

The discussion with his counterpart Wang Yi was dominated by the key topics of the three UN agenda pillars, including the efforts for reform processes and evaluation of bilateral relations. “I´m a convinced promotor of the idea of multilateralism.  Global challenges call for joint efforts in the quest for answers, which means we need platforms for exchanging views and forming common positions, such as the UN. However, we must do everything to make the system more efficient, so that the UN family is stronger, more coherent and enhanced. It´s my ambition to build consensus and bridges of understanding. I offer my potential for creating conditions for a better and closer cooperation in the efforts geared toward revitalization of the organization, as well as acquiring the support of the member states for it,” said Lajčák who also appreciated the important input of China in the UN peacekeeping operations and its support for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Agreement. China is the second biggest donor of financial resources for the UN peacekeeping operations; currently there are more than 2,500 Chinese soldiers and policemen worldwide among the Blue Helmets, which is the highest number among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. The ministers agreed on the need to pay greater attention to preventive diplomacy and the efforts for conflict prevention, which is also one of the agenda priorities set by Lajčák for the 72nd UN General Assembly. They also spoke about the UN Security Council reform geared toward its composition and thus better representing the 21st century reality.

The ministers, who talked for more than two hours, also tackled migration, the necessity to continue in meeting the commitments ensuing from the Paris Climate Agreement, and assessed the situation vis-à-vis North Korea. Within bilateral relations they stated that Slovak-Chinese relations have seen significant progress in recent years, especially in trade and commerce: China is currently the fifth biggest trade partner of the Slovak Republic, with an annual turnover more than €6.7 billion. Politically, the mutual relations are based on continuity, exchange of visits and the dialog in multilateral formats such as the China+16 CEE countries or the One Belt, One Road initiatives. As Lajčák stated, Slovakia is interested in following up on the 67 years of traditional friendship and to focus on mutually advantageous cooperation. "I´m convinced that we can deepen our mutual relations based on mutual respect and continuity,” said Lajčák. The Minister also reiterated the invariability of Slovakia´s position, which fully respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, and adheres to the One-China policy.

At the meeting with Vice President of the People's Republic of China Li Yuanchao, Minister Lajčák mainly focused on the agenda of the 72nd UN General Assembly with the special emphasis on peace and sustainable development that are – as he said – two sides of the same coin. “We must make greater efforts to preserve peace and prevent conflicts. In the last 70 years, we succeeded in avoiding a global conflict; however, we are still threatened with more than dozens smaller ones in various parts of the world. The international community must do more. Peace and security are fundamental prerequisites of development,” said the Minister. With the Vice President, they agreed that protectionism is not the right way for problem solving in the current times characteristic with globalization.

In the evening, the Minister held talks at the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs with its members, including former Chinese ambassadors abroad.