Beijing, 16 August 2022 (TDI): Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with diplomatic envoys of developing countries from Asia and Africa to the UN Office in Geneva. The meeting took place via video link on Monday 15 August.

Chinese Minister said that China is willing to uphold the vision of a community with a shared future for humanity. China wishes to work in solidarity with other developing countries to achieve common development and prosperity.

Remarks on the role of the UN

Chinese Foreign Minister stated that the world needs a stronger United Nations. “In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the turbulent international situation, and the resurgence of the Cold War mentality, we need a strong UN more than ever”.

He also said all sides should firmly uphold the international system with the UN at its core and the international order underpinned by international law. States must consider basic norms governing international relations based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

He further stressed that the representation and voice of developing countries should be enhanced. While multilateral institutions should not be reduced as tools for certain countries or groups of countries to manipulate and decide international affairs.

Chinese Minister introduced China’s achievements in the development of human rights cause. He said that China is willing to carry out human rights exchanges and cooperation with other countries on the basis of equality and mutual respect. China has an open attitude toward its partners, so as to learn from each other and make progress together.

Remarks on Taiwan Question

Chinese Minister further expounded on the historical facts of the Taiwan question and China’s solemn position. He stressed that China must make the necessary and legitimate responses to every blatant provocation by the United States.

China is exercising the legitimate right to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The country is safeguarding the principle of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs.

Responses of other dignitaries

The envoys lauded China’s world-renowned achievements and strong leadership. They commended China’s efforts on promoting development, progress, and social equality.

They said the one-China principle established by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 2758 is the consensus of the international community.

Envoys also reiterated that it is a political basis for developing bilateral relations between all countries and China. Taiwan and Xinjiang are both integral parts of China, and China’s internal affairs brook no interference.

They also said that human rights issues should not be politicized. Furthermore, measures taken by China to defend its legitimate rights should be firmly supported by the international community.