China calls for taking Beijing 2022 as opportunity to resolve differences through dialogue

Baku, January 26, AZERTAC

China on Tuesday urged all countries to take the Beijing Winter Olympics as an opportunity to resolve differences through dialogue, replace confrontation with cooperation, enhance mutual understanding, and promote world peace and development, according to Xinhua.

Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a daily press briefing when responding to a written speech by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in which he appealed to all countries to observe the Olympic Truce during the Beijing Winter Olympics.

China welcomes and firmly supports the speech by the UN chief, said Zhao.

The Olympic Truce, which has a long history, embodies humankind's aspiration for peace and mutual assistance, and is in line with the UN's founding mission of safeguarding international peace and security, he added.

At the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, a resolution on the Olympic Truce for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games was adopted by consensus.

Zhao said this demonstrated the international community's firm confidence in China's successful hosting of the Winter Olympics and brings together the great strength of people around the world to maintain solidarity and cooperation and safeguard world peace.

China has always honored its commitment to peace, practiced true multilateralism, and been deeply involved in the UN's cause, he said, adding that the country has actively participated in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and always supported the Olympic Truce.

Through sports, China has made its own contribution to safeguarding world peace, promoting the development of all countries and enhancing friendship among people, he said.

China has the confidence to work with all parties to practice the Olympic spirit of "together" and take the Beijing Winter Olympics as an opportunity to usher in a peaceful and better future, Zhao said.

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