UN chief meets Xi Jinping, says he expects China to allow credible visit by UN human rights chief to Xinjiang
Update: February 06, 2022 03:43 STI
beijing [China], Feb 06 (ANI): United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 2022 Winter Olympics and expressed his expectation that contacts between the office of the High Commission for rights and the Chinese authorities to allow a credible visit by the High Commissioner to China, including to Xinjiang.
“The Secretary-General met with Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, and Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the sidelines of the 2022 Winter Olympics. He congratulated the People’s Republic of China for the organization of the Games and thanked the Chinese authorities for their warm hospitality,” the UN said in a statement.
The Secretary-General and the Chinese authorities discussed regional issues, with particular emphasis on Afghanistan.
Faced with the dramatic challenges of the pandemic, climate change and the multiplication of conflicts, the Secretary-General underlined the importance of unity and solidarity in a multilateral framework bridging geopolitical divides.
The Secretary-General expressed concern about the dramatic growth of inequalities in the world which fuels the North-South divide. He stressed the need for a global immunization plan that reaches everyone everywhere, especially on the African continent, which not only lacks access to vaccines but also the resources to revive their economies. He reiterated that this requires serious reform of the international financial system so that developing countries have the opportunity to obtain the resources they need, including through debt relief and increased concessional financing. .
António Guterres also expressed his hope that the contacts between the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Chinese authorities will allow a credible visit by the High Commissioner to China, including Xinjiang.
The Secretary-General stressed the need for developed countries to fulfill their commitments to help developing countries obtain and access climate finance for both mitigation and adaptation. The Secretary-General acknowledged China’s significant efforts to combat climate change, but reiterated the call for additional efforts to accelerate the transition to a green economy to close the emissions gap. (ANI)