In first major UN speech, Xi calls for equal treatment of countries

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The leader of superpower China, Xi Jinping, argued Monday that all countries must have a voice in world affairs, including the small and the poor.

“The future of the world must be shaped by all countries,” Xi said in addressing the high-level session of the UN General Assembly for the first time. “… The big, strong and rich should not bully the small, weak and poor.”

Xi, whose country holds veto power on the UN Security Council, called for a system of international diplomacy that is built on multilateralism and mutual respect and said the international community’s move towards a “multi-polar world” and the emergence of developing markets were an unstoppable reality.

The leader of the world’s second-largest economy and one of its largest and most powerful militaries called for dialogue as the main means of solving crises with the aim of bringing about “win-win” outcomes.

While noting that countries should avoid confrontation and promote peace, he did not directly address any ongoing crises, such as the Syrian conflict.

Xi said that China will continue to stand with developing countries, especially with the aim of strengthening the representation of African countries.

He announced that China would establish a 10-year China-UN peace and development fund amounting to 1 billion dollars to advance multilateral cooperation.

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