Chinese President Xi Jinping made a statement at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) via video on September 21, 2021.
Xi's proposals for global development have added strong impetus to the global drive to jointly address challenges and promote stronger, greener and healthier global development so as to build a community with a shared future for mankind, experts and officials from across the world have said.
In a statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed "the announcement made by President Xi that China will end all financing of coal fired power plants abroad and redirect its support to green and low carbon energy."
"China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low-carbon energy, and will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad," Xi said, referring to green development.
Robert Lawrence Kuhn, chairman of the Kuhn Foundation This commitment is the "headline grabber" and "puts climate change theory into real world practice by reducing greenhouse gases, an action step unmatched by the fine rhetoric of others," Kuhn said.
As regards Xi's pledge that "China has never and will never invade or bully others, or seek hegemony," William Jones, Washington bureau chief of the U.S. publication Executive Intelligence Review, said that it is "a stark contrast" to some Western leader's claims that their country's values must lead the world. Commenting on Xi's remarks that "the world is big enough to accommodate common development and progress of all countries," Jones said, "That message will no doubt resound well among the members of the UN and among the peoples of the world."
In the view of Christine Bierre, an expert at the Schiller France Institute, Xi has expounded on strengthening international cooperation against COVID-19, promoting economic recovery and development, improving global governance and practicing multilateralism from the perspective of building a community with a shared future for mankind.
Sommad Pholsena, vice president of the National Assembly of Laos, highly agreed with Xi's remarks. He said countries' development policies should focus on people's livelihood after the pandemic and at the same time, countries should take a long-term view, emphasize harmony between man and nature, and ensure that development benefits both the world and nature without undermining the foundation for future development.
Egypt's Assistant Foreign Minister of Asian Affairs Tarek El-Wassimy noted that Xi has made suggestions on and contributions to multilateral cooperation and exchanges on many occasions. "We look forward to continuing coordination and cooperation with China under multilateral frameworks," said the Egyptian diplomat.