On the afternoon of October 27, 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with visiting UN secretary-general designate and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Ban Ki-Moon at the Great Hall of the People.
Congratulating Ban on his election as UN secretary-general, Hu said facing an important historical period during which global challenges and threat are escalating, all nations place high hope to the UN. It is the consensus of the international community to advocate multipolarization and safeguard the principles of the UN charter, and to strengthen the role of the UN, he added. Hu said China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the biggest developing country, has long been the backbone to promote world peace and development. He vowed that China will participate in the UN's activities on security, development and human rights with a responsible and constructive attitude, and safeguard the UN's authority and role. "We will, as always, continue to support the work of the UN secretary-general and contribute to world peace and development," Hu said.
Noting he appreciated China's great support when he ran for his post, Ban said the UN should work with the international community to deal with the new challenges. He pledged to build a harmonious UN, which will play a greater role in the world and will win more support from the international community. Ban said China has a significant positive influence in international affairs and he will cooperate closely with China.
During the meeting, the two sides also exchanged views on the international and regional issues of common concern. Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Wang Guangya attended the meeting.