World leaders didn’t physically travel to New York, for the United Nations General Assembly. This year, the gathering is virtual, because of the pandemic.
They sent pre-record messages, played out at the General Assembly hall. China’s President Xi Jinping used his address to highlight the need for renewed multilateralism in the wake of COVID-19.
Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump made a speech with a different tone: pointing a finger at China over COVID-19 and saying countries should always put themselves first.
CGTN’s Nathan King reports.
- Robert Hormats is the managing director at Tiedemann Advisors and a former U.S. Under Secretary of State.
- Thomas G. Weiss is a professor of political science at City University of New York’s Graduate Center and author of the book “Would the World Be Better Without the UN?”
- Klaus Larres is a professor of history and international affairs at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
- Einar Tangen is a current affairs commentator.
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