President Xi Jinping of China is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. Jane Perlez, a New York Times correspondent in Beijing, looks at what message he has for international leaders and how it might be received.
The most important thing for Mr. Xi — more important than any particular issue — will be gaining respect for China as the second largest economy, one that is headed to outstrip the United States.
Some countries will be thrilled to see him. Others will be less impressed. Some will believe that China, which contributes the most number of people to United Nations peacekeeping forces, is a responsible member of the international community. Others will be angry that China does not contribute more to international humanitarian causes.
Anything to do with human rights. And China is not in favor of expanding the Security Council. Why? Because it could mean admitting China’s archrival, Japan, to the council.
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