UN General Assembly convenes in New York
- The high-level week of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly will start on Tuesday as world leaders attend the biggest in-person gathering at the UN after two years of COVID restrictions. The war between Russia and Ukraine, the food crisis, and climate change will likely be at the top of the agenda. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky was allowed to deliver his address via a pre-recorded video.
- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has been at the Assembly’s General Debate. During his stay in New York City through September 25, he will also host a meeting of the Group of Friends of the Global Development Initiative (GDI) and attend meetings with ministers of BRICS, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Wang will also have some other bilateral meetings.
Yang Jiechi meets with Nikolai Patrushev
- Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev paid his first visit to China since the COVID pandemic and met with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi. At the 17th Round of bilateral Strategic Security Consultation on Monday, Patrushev said that "the course towards developing a strategic partnership with China is an unconditional priority of Russia's foreign policy.” Both he (Ru) and Yang (Zh/En) highlighted a “just world order” that the two countries stand for.
Biden draws questions after saying pandemic is over
- U.S. President Joe Biden said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that “the pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. It’s—but the pandemic is over.” However, the claim drew criticism from public health experts as COVID is still causing around 400 deaths every day. His chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, also believes the situation is more complicated, saying, “We are not where we need to be if we are going to quote ‘live with the virus’ because we know we are not going to eradicate it.”