China escapes unscathed following world leaders UN summit: ‘Exhaustion has set in’

The United Nations General Assembly meeting, involving world leaders from around the globe, has ended with a sense of relative relief for China.


The summit took place against a backdrop of rising tensions between China and the US, and observers had feared that the gathering would see some form of confrontation between the world powers.

But no such incident occurred, with the gathering ending with a largely respectful tone from both sides.

“Exhaustion has set in,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi after the conclusion of the summit.

The summit, chaired by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, saw leaders from 193 countries discuss issues ranging from the rights of refugees to climate change.

China was cautiously welcomed into the gathering, with leaders such as US President Donald Trump praising the country for agreeing to help on projects such as the fight against climate change.

For its part, China sought to promote a vision of global cooperation, championing issues like trade liberalization and development of emerging economies.

Nevertheless, tensions between China and the US continued to simmer beneath the surface.

The US clashed with China over issues such as economic openness and the situation in the South China Sea.

Trump further drove a wedge between the two countries by calling on China to halt its alleged human rights abuses of minority groups like the Uighurs.

In the end, though, it appeared that the world leaders managed to avoid a direct confrontation between the two superpowers.

The summit concluded with leaders issuing a joint statement pledging to work together to tackle issues around the world.

With the summit now over, both the US and China can move onto the next stage of their respective agendas, with the Chinese delegation no doubt relieved that the gathering ended with no major fireworks.

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