“The International Community nowadays places high hopes on China,” Chen Yingqian, a female journalist of Phoenix Television, also host of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high level interviews.

“This is the key message I had learned from the interviews and forum over which I presided,” said Chen. “I want to share the message with as many people as possible.”

As the first Chinese journalist to host the high-level interviews with officials during the UNGA high-level week, Chen believes she was invited by the United Nations to host the interviews “because standing behind me is my motherland, which is playing an increasingly positive role in international governance.”

Last week, Chen was invited to host a forum launched by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation.

“As expected, the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) had aroused keen interest among panelists, who spoke extremely high of the initiative,” said Chen.

“I was excited to learn that the initiative was so popular at the forum. The initiative has been helping so many countries with their endeavours to boost economic development and solve other socio-economic problems,” said Chen.

“I was greatly touched and inspired when director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation Jorge Chediek said that ‘the example of China over the last years since the reform and opening-up process have been remarkable. It has produced some of the best results in the history of humankind in terms of development so it has provided an extraordinary example to the global itself,'” Chen noted.

“The BRI, China’s leadership, China’s contributions were buzzwords at the forum,” she said. “A profound sense of pride always wells up whenever China is mentioned on major international occasions,” she added.

In 2016, the United Nations started the practice of holding week-long global high-level series interviews in parallel with the General Debate of the UNGA, inviting talented journalists to conduct in-depth interviews with dignitaries present at the General Debate about issues of major concern.

The interviews are broadcast live on the UN TV and simultaneously on nearly 500 media outlets across the world.