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Anecdotes in China's major-country diplomacy: offering targeted solutions to world

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-09-15 15:31

Editor's Note: China is rolling out a major documentary series on its diplomatic principles, practices and achievements over the past five years. The English-language version of the program is now also available on TV and online. To help audience better understand Chinese diplomacy, Xinhua is releasing a variety of reports that include anecdotes, quotable quotes, facts and figures.

BEIJING - The following is a number of anecdotes from the TV series on Chinese President Xi Jinping's foreign visits over the past five years:

At the invitation of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Xi visited the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and gave a keynote speech at Palace of Nations on Jan. 18, 2017.

By using a local metaphor, Xi expounded on the need for the world to work together to build a community of shared future for mankind.

Xi said "When I first got one Swiss army knife, I was amazed that it has so many functions. I cannot help thinking how wonderful it would be if an exquisite Swiss army knife could be made for our world."

"When there is a problem, we can use one of the tools on the knife to fix it. I believe that with unremitting efforts of the international community, such a knife can be made," he added.

Xi called for building a world of lasting peace through dialogue and consultation, building a world of common security for all through joint efforts, building a world of common prosperity through win-win cooperation, building an open and inclusive world through exchanges and mutual learning and making our world clean and beautiful by pursuing green and low-carbon development.

"Building a community of shared future is an exciting goal, and it requires efforts from generation after generation," Xi said. "China is ready to work with all the other UN member states as well as international organizations and agencies to advance the great cause of building a community of shared future for mankind."

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