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Wang Yi: Noble Ideals of the UN Are yet to Be Attained, and Countries Must Make Continued Efforts

2017/09/22

On September 21, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed in his speech at the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly that reviewing the past, the UN has made remarkable contributions to peace and development of mankind. Looking into the future, the noble ideals of the UN are yet to be attained, and countries must make continued efforts toward those ideals.

Wang Yi expressed that we live in an era that is defined by a deepening trend toward a multi-polar world, the collective rise of emerging markets and developing countries, steady progress in globalization and IT application, and an exciting new round of revolution in science and technology. In mankind's pursuit of greater development and prosperity, there are great opportunities like never before.

We see a world that is witnessing profound changes in the international landscape and balance of power, prominent traditional and non-traditional threats, insufficient driving force for global growth and a growing backlash against globalization. There are unprecedented challenges for mankind's pursuit of lasting peace and sustainable development.

We are once again at a crossroads. It is time to make the right choice between peace and war, between openness and seclusion, and between unity and division.

Wang Yi pointed out that two years ago at this very podium, President Xi Jinping called on us to foster a new type of international relations featuring win-win cooperation and to build a community of shared future for mankind. That is a great vision proposed by President Xi Jinping based on his full grasp of the prevailing trend of our times. It is also China's answer to what kind of future mankind should build. This vision, consistent with the purposes of the UN and the aspiration of its member states, has received extensive understanding and support from the international community. As such, it has become a goal of our common endeavor.

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