19 May 2006

Annan arrives in China on third leg of Asia trip

19 May 2006 – Arriving in Beijing today on the third leg of an Asian trip, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan began his official visit to China with a meeting with President Hu Jintao that spilled over into a working banquet hosted by the Chinese leader in the Great Hall of the People.

The two discussed a wide range of topics including UN reform, the nuclear programmes Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK), the Chinese President’s visit to Africa, the Middle East and bird flu.

During his stay, the Secretary-General plans to meet Premier Wen Jiabao and State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan. He will also give a speech at Beijing University, and hold a question and answer session with students there.

Mr. Annan, who came to Asia from Vienna, where he attended a European Union-Latin American summit, has already visited the Republic of Korea and Japan. From China he goes on to Viet Nam and Thailand.