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Lajčák in Beijing: “We perceive a growing role for China in solving global and regional challenges”

Lajčák in Beijing: “We perceive a growing role for China in solving global and regional challenges”

13.7.2017 | Aktivity ministra

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák arrived today (13 July) for an official visit to the People´s Republic of China at the invitation of the Chinese Government.  The visit is being held in the wake of the election of Lajčák to the function of President of the upcoming 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
At the beginning, the Minister met in Beijing with State Councilor of the Chinese Government for foreign affairs and former foreign affairs minister Yang Jiechi, who is responsible for forming the Chinese foreign policy, and the right-hand man of President Xi Jinping for foreign policy.  The Minister thanked China for the support it showed him last year during his candidacy to the UN Secretary-General and introduced his priorities as President of the 72nd UN General Assembly.
“The United Nations is the most representative and important organization we have. However, the global leadership requires the support and help of all the important stakeholders, including China.  It is my ambition to join quality of initiatives, the balance towards all the three UN pillars with the focus on the people to improve their lives,”
said Lajčák. China is not only an active member of the international community but also an important country in the UN system, as a founding state and member of the UN Security Council. It’s also a key contributor to the concrete UN activities and its organizations. “We perceive a growing role for China in solving global and regional challenges, including climate change and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. I´m convinced that the mutual cooperation has something to offer both sides,” said the Minister, pointing to the fact that after US President Donald Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, China has become an international leader in this sphere.  As they further agreed, peace and development are closely interrelated topics, which will require more attention in the upcoming period.  In this regard, Jiechi expressed China’s full support to Lajčák as the future UN General Assembly´s President in his efforts to develop this agenda.
They also discussed some aspects of the UN reforms’ including that of representation of the member countries in the UN Security Council.
Lajčák confirmed the invariability of the Slovakia´s position that fully respects sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, keeps the One-China policy and support the principle of non-interference in its internal affairs.