Chinese State Councillor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres agreed to enhance cooperation in upholding multilateralism during their meeting at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Thursday.

Guterres said that currently; the world is in a critical stage, and that there are two trends showing up, one is the adherence to multilateralism and international law, while the other is the rising unilateralism and protectionism.

China plays a significant role in establishing a multi-polar world, according to the U.N. chief.

He thanked China for strong and fine support for the U.N.’s work, and praised China’s important contributions to the international poverty alleviation, the fight against climate changes, and the construction of a green “Belt & Road”.

Guterres said the U.N. is willing to continue to deepen cooperation with China in maintaining peace and security as well as sustainable development, hoping China can further play a leading role in sectors like climate change.

Wang Yi said that multi-polarisation is an inevitable trend and each country has the right to development, and to realise a multi-polar world needs multilateralism, whose symbol is the tenet and principle of the U.N. Charter.

China stands firmly with the United Nations to play a more active role, supports the U.N. chief with his work and upholds the tenets and principles of the U.N. Charter, said the top Chinese diplomat.

He noted that China’s participation in the General Debate of the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly aims to convey the idea to the world that China stands firmly with the United Nations in pursuing multilateralism, and stands on the right side of history.

Multilateralism represents the future while unilateralism is unsustainable, and the history will not go back to the old times when the law of the jungle was prevalent, said Wang.

Noting that the next year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the U.N., Wang said China is willing to take the chance to further enhance cooperation with the U.N.

The two sides also agreed to deepen future cooperation, and jointly map out a brighter future for the world.