18 July 2012

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meetings with H.E. Mr. Hu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China, and H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China

The Secretary-General met with  President Hu Jintao and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing today.

In those meetings, the Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation for China’s leadership and active participation in the United Nations.

He stressed the importance of China’s role in the maintenance of international peace and security as well as the promotion of sustainable development. They discussed ways of addressing global challenges through collective action and multilateralism.

The Secretary-General lauded China’s continued economic and social progress. He particularly welcomed growing cooperation among China, Africa and the United Nations towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and other common objectives. He said the forthcoming Beijing ministerial forum for cooperation between Africa and China was an important initiative in this respect.  He also particularly thanked China for its steadfast contribution to UN peacekeeping operations. 
The two sides had a detailed and substantive discussion on global challenges facing the world and exchanged views on peace-keeping, peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction, disarmament and human rights.

They also discussed regional topics including developments on the Korean Peninsula and in Syria, Iran, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.

On Syria, the Secretary-General expressed the hope that the Security Council, of which China is a Permanent Member, would continue its discussions.  He hopes that, as a matter of urgency, the Council comes together in a united manner to help end the bloodshed and allow Syrians to begin a political dialogue leading to a Syrian-led transition.