September 23, 2020 | Issue 2020-42
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President Xi Jinping expounds on UN's role in post-COVID era, opposing unilateralism

Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 21 shared his thoughts on the role of the United Nations (UN) in the post-COVID era, opposing unilateralism, bullying or any country acting like "boss of the world." Xi made the remarks (Full text ) via video at a high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN. Here are some takeaways from Xi's speech.
  • The 75 years since the founding of the UN has seen dramatic progress in human society.

  • Problems facing the world are big and many, and global challenges are on the increase. They should and can only be resolved through dialogue and cooperation.

  • Mankind has entered a new era of interconnectedness, with countries sharing intertwined interests and their future closely linked together. Global threats and global challenges require strong, global responses.

Xi's proposals for UN's role in the post-COVID era

The UN must stand firm for justice. No country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the destiny of others, or keep advantages in development all to itself. Even less should one be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully or boss of the world.

The UN must uphold the rule of law. Relations among countries and coordination of their interests must only be based on rules and institutions; they must not be lorded over by those who wave a strong fist at others.

The UN must promote cooperation. Cold War mentality, ideological lines or zero-sum game are no solution to a country's own problem, still less an answer to mankind's common challenges. What we need to do is to replace conflict with dialogue, coercion with consultation and zero-sum with win-win.

The UN must focus on real action. To put into practice the principle of multilateralism, we must act, not just talk. The UN should aim at problem solving and move toward tangible outcomes as it advances security, development and human rights in parallel.

China will continue to be a true follower of multilateralism. It will stay actively engaged in reforming and developing the global governance system. It will firmly uphold the UN-centered international system, firmly uphold the international order underpinned by international law, and firmly defend the UN's central role in international affairs.
President Xi Jinping sums up lessons from pandemic, call for joining hands

President Xi Jinping summed up four lessons the COVID-19 pandemic brought to human society and called on countries to join hands and prepare to meet even more global challenges.

Xi addressed (Full Text) the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly via video on September 22.
Lessons the COVID-19 pandemic brought to human society

We are living in an interconnected global village with a common stake, no country can gain from others' difficulties or maintain stability by taking advantage of others' troubles, to pursue a beggar-thy-neighbor policy or just watch from a safe distance when others are in danger will eventually land one in the same trouble faced by others, this is why we should embrace the vision of a community with a shared future in which everyone is bound together.

Economic globalization is an indisputable reality and a historical trend, burying one's head in the sand like an ostrich in the face of economic globalization or trying to fight it with Don Quixote's lance goes against the trend of history, countries should say no to unilateralism and protectionism and work to ensure the stable and smooth functioning of global industrial and supply chains.

Humankind should launch a green revolution and move faster to create a green way of development and life, preserve the environment and make Mother Earth a better place for all. China will scale up its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions by adopting more vigorous policies and measures. China aims to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.

The global governance system calls for reform and improvement, the global governance system should adapt itself to evolving global political and economic dynamics, meet global challenges and embrace the underlying trend of peace, development and win-win cooperation.

We will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence. We have no intention to fight either a Cold War or a hot war with any country.

To support the UN in playing its central role in international affairs, Xi announced the following steps to be taken by China:

  • China will provide another US$50 million to the UN COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.

  • China will provide US$50 million to the China-FAO South-South Cooperation Trust Fund (Phase III).

  • China will extend the Peace and Development Trust Fund between the UN and China by five years after it expires in 2025.

  • China will set up a UN Global Geospatial Knowledge and Innovation Center and an International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals to facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Consul General Zhang Ping on Twitter

"75 years after its founding, the #UN still faces the daunting task of safeguarding peace and promoting development. At this turbulent & challenging time, the role of the UN should be further strengthened not weakened. President Xi's four point proposals point out the right direction to how the UN should play its role in the future. The principles of the UN Charter must be firmly upheld and the UN-centered multilateral framework of global governance safeguarded. China will work with the international community to build a better world."
"Thank you Hon David Ige @GovHawaii
for your encouraging message for the 2020 China (Guangdong)-US Investment Cooperation Conference, commemorating the 35th anniversary of the sister state relationship between Hawaii & Guangdong. Over the years, the increasingly close economic, cultural & people-to-people ties have brought tangible benefits to both sides, thanks to the continuous efforts of both local governments & peoples. We wish to see more interaction & cooperation to bring the sister state relationship into another prosperous 35 years."
"It is heartbreaking to see the wildfires destroying properties, taking away people's lives and people have to evacuate their homes. As the wildfires are closing in, we wish our communities stay safe. Salute to the brave firefighters and our sympathy to those families affected."
Announcement on entry by foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits of three categories
In view of the current COVID-19 situation and the need of epidemic prevention and control, adjustments are now made to the Announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Immigration Administration on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits issued on 26 March 2020.
 
Effective from 0 a.m., 28 September 2020, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunion are allowed to enter China with no need for applying for new visas. If the above three categories of residence permits held by foreign nationals expired after 0 a.m., 28 March 2020, the holders may apply for relevant visas by presenting the expired residence permits and relevant materials to the Chinese embassies or consulates on the condition that the purpose of the holders’ visit to China remains unchanged. The above-mentioned personnel shall strictly abide by the Chinese regulations on epidemic prevention and control.
 
Other measures in the Announcement issued on March 26 will continue to be implemented. While ensuring effective epidemic control, the Chinese government will continue resuming people-to-people exchanges in a step-by-step and orderly manner.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China
National Immigration Administration of the People's Republic of China

(This is an unofficial translation for reference only. Click here to read the offical text in Chinese)