|Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing Talks over Phone with Secretary General of the United Nations and Director General of World Health Organization|
On the night of January 1, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing talked over phone with Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Kofi Annan and Director General of World Health Organization (WHO) Lee Jong-wook respectively to discuss the issue of providing assistance to earthquake and tsunami-hit countries through multiple channels.
Li Zhaoxing first informed Annan and Lee of the assistance provided by the Chinese government to disaster-hit countries. He said China appreciates and supports the UN to play a leading and coordinating role in providing emergency assistance to these countries. China would like to enhance cooperation with the UN and the WHO to help disaster-hit countries conduct such work as rescue operations, disease prevention and drinking water provision and assist them with post-disaster reconstruction.
Annan and Lee sang high praise for the active role China has played in helping disaster-hit countries. They noted that China has responded quickly and provided substantial assistance after the tsunami took place, which again shows that China is an influential and responsible country in global and regional affairs. The UN and the WHO would like to enhance cooperation with China.