The Heat: UN General Debate

The Heat

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.

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To discuss:

  • 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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