Shanghai, China

18 May 2014

Readout of the Secretary-General's meeting with H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

Welcoming China's chairmanship of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), the Secretary-General commended China’s leadership in many areas of the United Nations’ work, including through the country’s contributions to the Organization’s peacekeeping operations. He voiced hope that the partnership between the United Nations and China – in the areas of peace and security; sustainable development; and human rights – would continue to grow stronger. In that regard, they agreed on the need to work together on issues related to climate change and human rights, as well as on the Secretary-General’s ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ initiative.

The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister discussed issues related to peace and security in Asia, including regional cooperation, Myanmar, and the Korean Peninsula, as well as maritime concerns. They also discussed the situations in Syria, Ukraine, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Libya.