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Ambassador Zhang Jun: China sides with multilateralism

2020/06/10

On 10 June, Ambassador Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, attended the Virtual High-Level Forum “The UN Charter at 75: Multilateralism in a Fragmented World” organized by the Forum of Small States. Ambassador Zhang emphasized that unilateralism poses a more detrimental threat to the world, and China takes the side of multilateralism and international justice and commits to building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Ambassador Zhang said that the world is facing many global challenges and COVID-19 is the biggest one. However, the international community should not ignore that unilateralism is posing a bigger threat, weakening multilateralism system and hindering international cooperation. In defending multilateralism, small states matter and all states matter.

Ambassador Zhang stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic is a test to multilateralism. To win this fight, we must join hands and support the central role of the United Nations and the WHO. We must put the people in the center of our efforts and give strength, hope and confidence to the world.

Ambassador Zhang said that the world is increasingly fragmented, and the problem facing the world is not the problem between member states, but between multilateralism and unilateralism, and between right and wrong. China is a dedicated supporter, defender and promoter of the UN Charter and the UN. China, as always, takes the side of multilateralism and international justice.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the UN. This virtual event was jointly hosted by the Permanent Mission of Singapore as chair of the Forum of Small States in partnership with The Elders and the UN75 Office. Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, chaired the forum. Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Mrs. Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland, made keynote presentations. Leaders or foreign ministers of 18 countries, including Germany, Chile, Namibia, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland, Jordan, Maldives, Fiji and Palau, and Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on UN 75, delivered remarks at the forum.

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