Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the United States last week for his first state visit -- a trip that will include his attendance and first-ever speech at the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Xi's speech will continue what has become an once-a-decade tradition for Chinese presidents to speak in front of the the multilateral organization, which will mark its 70th anniversary Monday at the annual session.
Both Xi's immediate predecessors gave speeches during significant anniversaries at the United Nations. Former president Jiang Zemin appeared before the United Nations in 1995 at the 50th anniversary celebrations, and then former president Hu Jintao gave a speech in 2005 at the 60th anniversary.
China has actively tried to make their interpretation of the UN Charter known, and the topic is expected to be covered in Xi’s speech. Chinese officials have stressed before that countries should respect each other's sovereignty.
Asian-Pacific current affairs site The Diplomat wrote that Xi’s speech should not be overlooked:
Though Xi’s speech looks routine on the surface, it’s still worth paying attention to. The reason is simple: under Xi, China has been far more active in promoting its vision for the international order, including the UN. Beijing has more clout on the world stage in 2015 than it did in 2005, and it has been using that power both inside and outside of the UN.
Inside the UN, China has been increasingly willing to throw its weight around on the UN Security Council. Since taking over the Chinese seat on the Security Council in 1971, Beijing has issued a total of nine vetoes – and four of those have come in the past five years.
PBS will be live-streaming the 2015 General Assembly and Xi is scheduled to speak at the morning session Monday, which begins at 9 a.m. EDT. You can watch the speech here: