Q: On the morning of May 4, Geneva time, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala announced the appointment of Zhang Xiangchen, Vice Minister of Commerce of China, Angela Ellard, Majority and Minority Chief Trade Counsel at the US Congress, Jean-Marie Paugam, Permanent Representative of France to the WTO, and Anabel González, former Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, as Deputy Directors-General of WTO. What is China's comment?
A: China appreciates and welcomes Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment of four Deputy Directors-General, which could help strengthen the management of the WTO Secretariat, give full play to the role of the Secretariat, and move work in the various areas of the WTO forward.
The appointment of Mr. Zhang Xiangchen by Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Deputy Director-General not only recognizes Mr. Zhang Xiangchen's professional competence, but also commends China's positive and constructive role in the WTO for many years.
China is a large trader and a large developing country in the world. It has always firmly upheld the multilateral trading system with the WTO at its core and supported the WTO in playing a greater role in global governance. In the next step, China will continue to strengthen cooperation with the WTO Secretariat, support the work of the Director-General and the WTO Secretariat as always, and make due contribution to safeguarding the multilateral trading system and participating in global economic governance.
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