Seeking to work with China on climate-change initiatives, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres is calling for a "reset" with China, particularly with regard to U.S. relations.
"Well, in relation to the United Nations, I can guarantee we are strongly committed to make sure the U.N. is a beacon of all the values related to peace, security, development, human rights," Guterres told reporters, Fox News reported. "But what for me is important is to say that I hope we will see a reset between the United States and China with different dimensions."
Guterres' remarks were in response to President Joe Biden's nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield saying during her confirmation hearing Wednesday that China is pushing an "authoritarian agenda."
"There is an area I believe there is a growing convergence of interests and my appeal is for that area to be pursued by the two sides together with the whole of the international community — and that area is climate action," Guterres added, per the report.
The Trump administration has pushed for a "decoupling" from China, but the U.N. has sought to continue working with the communist regime, pitting the oft-China-friendly Biden administration in the middle.
"We know China is working across the U.N. system to drive an authoritarian agenda that stands in opposition to the founding values of the institution — American values," Thomas-Greenfield told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. "Their success depends on our continued withdrawal. That will not happen on my watch."
Guterres hailed the Biden administration for returning funding for the China-friendly World Health Organization and rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement.
"All those things are creating a very positive expectation, and I can tell you we will be working closely to fully support these changes of policy that go in line with what has been our continued position in relation to strengthening multilateralism and the understanding that only international cooperation and coming together is the way to address the challenges of the present world," Guterres said Thursday, per Fox News.
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