Visit by the President of the People’s Republic of China to WHO
On 18 January 2017, President Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, visited WHO and met with Director-General Margaret Chan.
It was the first time China’s President has visited WHO. President Xi and Dr Chan discussed how China will bring forward its vision for health as a foundation for international cooperation in support of WHO global health goals. President Xi and Dr Chan signed a memo of understanding regarding areas of collaboration including refugee health and humanitarian health response to the crisis in Syria.
Under President Xi’s leadership, China has made substantial investments in R&D and innovations to address many health challenges, including the development of major capacity for manufacturing vaccine products and generic medical products. According to Dr Chan, China’s health care reform serves as a role-model for other countries in achieving Universal Health Coverage, a cornerstone for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
During his visit, President Xi presented as a gift to WHO a statue highlighting acupuncture, a widely used form of traditional Chinese medicine. As he unveiled the bronze statue, President Xi described it as a replica of the first teaching model for medicinal practice.