Chinese Vice President Han Zheng called on the world to stick to multilateralism and improve global governance, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Speaking at the General Debate of the 78th session of the UNGA, Han said that UN member states should uphold equity and justice and safeguard peace and security, pursue mutual benefit, deliver win-win results and achieve development for all, remain open and inclusive, promote human civilization, as well as remain true to multilateralism and improve global governance.

Han said that the legitimate security concerns of all countries must be addressed, that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected, and that differences and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue and consultation.

China, said the vice president, supports all efforts leading to the peaceful resolution of the crisis in Ukraine and stands ready to continue to play a constructive role in quickly achieving peace.

Development should be placed at the center of the international agenda, and the benefit of development should reach every country and individual in a fairer way, Han said.

Elaborating on the development issue, Han said China will further advance cooperation around the Belt and Road Initiative and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adding that China will continue to contribute to building a global development community .

Different countries and civilizations should prosper together by respecting each other, advance together by leveraging each other’s strengths and pursue win-win results through cooperation, Han said.

On human rights, the vice president said the countries of the world must advance the international cause of human rights through cooperation and oppose politicization and double standards in human rights issues.

Most importantly, Han said, the world must oppose the use of human rights and democracy as a political tool to interfere in other countries’ affairs.

The vice president called on countries to remain faithful to multilateralism and improve global governance.

Noting that China is a staunch supporter of the international system with the United Nations at its core, Han said the world body should make progress in all three pillar areas of security, development and human rights in a balanced manner and see that all countries jointly safeguard universal security, share development achievements and chart the course for the world’s future.

He also called on the international community to strengthen the representation and voice of developing countries and make global governance more fair and equitable.


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