Beijing, 3 July 2018 – The President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, visited the People’s Republic of China from 1 to 3 July.

In Beijing, Mr. Lajčák held a number of meetings with Chinese officials.

He congratulated H.E. Mr. Wang Qishan, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, on China’s important role and active engagement at the United Nations, and its strong commitment to multilateralism.

In his meeting with H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, the President spoke about global challenges, multilateralism, and China’s leadership at the United Nations and beyond.

He discussed the current state of multilateralism and the priorities of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly including the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the importance of conflict prevention and sustaining peace, with H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, State Councillor and Minister for Foreign Affairs.

With H.E. Mr. Li Shulei, Deputy Chairman of the National Supervisory Commission, he discussed China’s efforts to fight corruption.

In a meeting with the United Nations Country Team in China, the topics of discussion were challenges and opportunities related to the work of the different agencies on the ground, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the country, financing for sustainable development and South-South cooperation, and relations between China and the United Nations.

While in China, Mr. Lajčák also visited the National Science Library in the Chinese technology hub of Zhongguancun, the Summer Palace and  the Houhai river.

The President will be back in the office on 5 July.

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