Ban Ki-moon, the current Secretary General of the United Nations, recently visited Beijing to meet with some top politicians and inspect a Red Cross emergency center.
On Friday Ban went to the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Rescue Center with Chen Zhu, the Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and President of the Red Cross Society of China on Friday, NetEase reports.
After being shown some rescue helicopters, Ban praised the equipment he had seen, reportedly saying that the helicopter was the most technologically advanced aircraft he had even seen.
Speaking to volunteers in English, Ban said that he hoped the Red Cross Society of China would advocate the spirit of humanism and protect life and health. He also called on China to conform more with international conventions so as to promote peace in the world.
Ban had been busy on Thursday as well, meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss various societal issues. He urged Chinese leaders to loosen political restrictions and touched briefly on human rights issues. Wang did not seem amused, neither agreeing or disagreeing with Ban’s comments.
At a joint press conference, Ban said, “As a permanent member of the Security Council and a universally recognized global actor, China also plays a pivotal role in helping to ease tensions, build peace and provide life-saving assistance to the world’s troubled spots from the Middle East to Africa and elsewhere
Netizens on Weibo had their own take on the visit and did not seem as impressed by the helicopter as Ban.
“I’ve never seen this helicopter before. Is it used in an actual rescue operation?” one asked.
“Has he never seen an aircraft before? How come he called this ‘the most technologically advanced aircraft’?” another joked.
By Katie Ngai
[Images via NetEase / UN News]