|Wang Yi: China Is a Defender of the International Order and a Practitioner of Multilateralism|
On September 28, 2018 local time, when delivering a speech at the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed that China is a defender of the international order and a practitioner of multilateralism. Though once kept out of the UN for 22 years, China has never wavered in its conviction to multilateralism and to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. The negotiations on China's return to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and then accession to the World Trade Organization lasted 15 long years and were concluded at a certain price, but we stayed true to our commitments and integrated into the world economic system. After the international financial crisis broke out, China chose not to stand idly by but to work together with other countries to tide over rough times. For years running, China has contributed to over 30 percent of global growth, and played its part in helping restore global recovery. In the face of new developments and severe challenges, China will keep to its commitment and remain a champion of multilateralism, pursue win-win cooperation, act upon rules and order, uphold fairness and justice and act to deliver real results.