Beijing—Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will attend the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and pay official visits to Canada and Cuba, during a trip on Sept. 18-28.
The visit will mark several “firsts,” namely Li’s first appearance at the UN General Assembly, the initial trip under the annual dialogue mechanism between Chinese premier and Canadian prime minister, and the first official visit to Cuba by a Chinese premier in 56 years since the two countries established diplomatic ties.
It is expected that Li will present Chinese solutions to various global challenges, and bolster ties with both Canada and Cuba during the upcoming trip.
The 71st session of the UN General Assembly was kicked off on Sept.13, involving representatives from 193 UN members, to discuss a wide range of global issues including sustainable development, the implementation of the Paris Climate Pact, terrorism and the anti-globalization trend, among others.
Against such a backdrop and in a year which marks the 45th anniversary of transferring China’s seat in the UN to the government of the People’s Republic of China, Li’s first appearance at the General Assembly has drawn intensive global attention.
His packed itinerary in the UN includes addressing the general debate of the UN General Assembly session, attending a symposium on 2030 sustainable development agenda, two meetings on refugee issues and several bilateral meetings.
“President Xi Jinping, while attending activities commemorating the 70th anniversary of the UN last year, presented a raft of measures and promises in support of the multilateral organization, and Premier Li is expected to give an update on the implementation of these measures and promises,” said Yang Xiyu, a researcher from the China Institute of International Studies.
Apart from being a follow-up on Xi’s UN pledges last year, Li’s UN tour is also expected to shed light on China’s diplomatic policies and its stance on various issues, said Yang, adding that this part will allow the world to know China better.
The Chinese premier will also meet with representatives from the finance sector, think tanks, and media organizations in the United States.
“The arrangement showcases the innovation and strategic thinking by a new generation of Chinese leaders in conducting public diplomacy,” commented Yang.