Hu leaves for UN meetings, G20 summit

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Chinese President Hu Jintao left Beijing on Monday for a series of UN meetings in New York and the Group of 20 (G20) financial summit in Pittsburgh, the United States, from Sept. 21 to 25, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Hu will attend the UN Climate Change Summit, the 64th annual general debate of the UN General Assembly and the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament summit of UN Security Council.

Hu's entourage includes Vice Premier Wang Qishan; Ling Jihua, member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of General Office of CPC Central Committee; Wang Huning, member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and director of Policy Research Office of the CPC Central Committee; State Councilor Dai Bingguo; Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi; Minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Zhang Ping; Minister of Finance Xie Xuren; Minister of Commerce Chen Deming; central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan; Vice Minister of the NDRC Xie Zhenhua; Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei; Director of the President's Office Chen Shiju.

President Hu will voice China's positions, concerns and solutions on urgent global issues, such as reshaping the global governance on climate change, nuclear security and the financial recession. He will be delivering four speeches at the summits and General Assembly, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He then treks to the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Thursday night. Hu is expected to attend the G20 summit through Friday.

The president is the first Chinese head of state in over 30 years to attend the UN general debate, according to Liu Zhenmin, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, in an interview with Xinhua News Agency. It will be the first time that a Chinese head of state has attended so many UN summits for a single visit since the resumption of China's legitimate seat at the UN in 1971, Liu said.

Hu is also expected to hold talks with his US counterpart Barack Obama and a separate discussion with Japan's new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, according to the ministry.

Together with Hu are Vice-Premier Wang Qishan, as well as ministers in charge of economic, financial and monetary policies, and China's top climate change envoy Xie Zhenhua.

The team of delegates arrived in the US last week to help pave the way for the UN climate change summit tomorrow (Tuesday, eastern standard time in the US).

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