China Welcomes Incoming Head of U.N., Where It Wants a Larger Role

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President Xi Jinping of China arriving to meet António Guterres, the next secretary general of the United Nations, on Monday at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

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BEIJING — China extended a warm welcome this week to the incoming United Nations chief, António Guterres, praising the world body and making clear that it wants a greater role there, at a time when Donald J. Trump’s election to the White House has many wondering whether American involvement will recede.

China supported Mr. Guterres in his campaign for secretary general, and President Xi Jinping, who met with him in Beijing on Monday, hailed the United Nations’ work and noted China’s support for the Paris Agreement on climate change. Mr. Trump has suggested that he will

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