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Published:November 2nd, 2010 19:40 EST

UN Chief Ban Meets With Chinese President

By SOP newswire3

1 November 2010 " On the final leg of his Asia tour, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in Beijing today, meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao on a wide variety of topics of mutual interest.

banThey discussed a wide range of topics, including climate change, the Millennium Development Goals, the Korean Peninsula and Africa. " Mr. Ban`s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, said at his daily briefing.

Mr. Ban and President Hu also spoke about China`s involvement in global affairs, according to the spokesperson.

The Secretary-General noted that China could play a greater role in peacekeeping and in the search for political solutions to African crises, including in Somalia and Sudan, " Mr. Nesirky said.

The Secretary-General arrived in Beijing after visits yesterday to Shanghai and Nanjing. In Shanghai, he delivered the closing speech at the Shanghai Expo, where he praised the city`s reputation as one of the world`s most cosmopolitan cities and said that the Expo helped highlight China`s innovations in a number of important fields.

In Nanjing, the Secretary-General received an honorary doctorate from one of the world`s oldest centres of leaning and delivered a speech to students at the university.

China is the last leg of the Secretary-General`s four-nation Asian tour, which also included visits to Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam.