Wang Yi, State councilor and foreign minister, met with Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of United Nations (UN), Armida Alisjahbana, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dennis Moses, Trinidad and Tobago’s foreign minister, and Peter David, Grenada’s foreign minister, in Beijing on April 26.
Wang told Guterres that it goes without saying that China and UN are partners on the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China is willing to step up communication and alignment with UN and jointly make further achievements in this field.
The international society, at present, seeks multilateralism. Therefore, China and UN should, hand in glove, carry out multilateralism and propel the international coordination and cooperation, Wang said.
Guterres said the BRI tallies with the objective of UN, which is conductive to addressing various issues that the world is currently faced with. UN is willing to deepen cooperation with China in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and facilitate peace and development of the mankind.
In his meeting with Alisjahbana, Wang Yi said ESCAP covers the key area of the BRI. Having signed a letter of intent (LOI) with China on the cooperation in this regard, ESCAP spearheads the multilateral cooperation on the BRI.
The content of the LOI has been implemented over the past three years. And China is willing to enhance cooperation on the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration along with the United Nations ESCAP.
Alisjahbana said ESCAP is willing to progress with the BRI and the agenda of 2030 sustainable development of UN with China.
Wang Yi told Moses that China and Trinidad and Tobago make an exemplary pair of equality and reciprocation despite the geographical distance. The cooperation between China and Trinidad and Tobago under the frame of the BRI has already made positive outcomes.
Meanwhile, both sides, Wang added, should continue to boost cooperation in energy, finance, capacity, infrastructure, among others.
Moses said Trinidad and Tobago is the first English-speaking Caribbean country to sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation under the BRI, adding that his country is willing to enhance cooperation with China and support each other on multilateral international occasions.
When meeting with David, Wang noted Grenada’s participation into the BRI is welcomed, and it will inject new dynamism into Grenada’s development and help achieve more progresses in Sino-Grenada relations.
Wand added, China is willing to strengthen the coordination between the BRI and Grenada’s national strategic development plan 2030, and make sure the both sides can share opportunities and make use of each other’s advantages to bring benefits to both peoples.
David said, Grenada is grateful for China’s great support and assistance and will stick on the one-China principle. And, Grenada will actively participate into the building of the BRI as well as deepen cooperation with China in various areas.