UN expects China's role in global affairs

Added On September 13, 2017

The UN General Assembly opened its 72nd session at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
Miroslav Lajcak, the new president of the UN General Assembly, outlined his priorities for the year ahead, which include people at the center of work, balance of interests, quality of work and transparency.
Lajcak also expressed the hope that China can continue to play an important role in world affairs.
SOUNDBITE: MIROSLAV LAJCAK, UN General Assembly President 
"I'm glad to see China playing a very important role, being a leader of a number of global issues, and I wish to see China continue to play this role and speak not only in an international capacity, but speak as a promoter of UN agenda."
Meanwhile, director aof the UN Office for South-South Cooperation hailed China as a really true leader in South-South Cooperation.
The UN official made the remarks after a ceremony marking the UN Day of South-South Cooperation that fell on Tuesday.
During an interview with CNC, Jorge Chediek said China has been engaged very extensively in South-South cooperation.
SOUNDBITE: JORGE CHEDIEK, Director of UN Office for South-South Cooperation 
"The first contribution China is making is to show that in one generation you can basically transform a society, as the people and government of China have done recently. In addition to that, China has engaged very extensively in South-South Cooperation. It all with solidarity, but in the last few years it has devoted resources and more commitment of institutions in China to do more and better South-South Cooperation."
The UN Day for South-South Cooperation celebrates the economic, social and political developments made in recent years by regions and countries in the South. It also highlights the UN's efforts to enhance technical cooperation among developing countries.
Chediek said that China's commitment to connecting countries through infrastructure, trade, commerce and people-to-people exchanges is very important for developing countries.
SOUNDBITE: JORGE CHEDIEK, Director of UN Office for South-South Cooperation 
"We live all in one planet, if we don't work together to address the common challenges, we will not be able to solve them. At the same time we will generate many more opportunities. So the idea of creating for example through the Belt and Road Initiative, connections of infrastructure, trade and also culture, the idea of also promoting a Chinese investment in least developed countries is really fulfilling the idea of all the countries of the world lead by the example of China contributing to a common development agenda."
Chediek said China is an example of how economic policies and enlightened social policies have managed to roll the economy massively and take hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.