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As Li Baodong of China Meets UN's Ban Ki-moon, Blast From the Past

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 20 -- When Li Baodong of China met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on July 20, he was precisely and time and began the meeting by congratulating Ban on his recent trip to China. Tweeted photo here. Vine here.

Then Ban's security ushered the Press out, Vine here - more mildly then they ousted it on February 19 (audio here) and evicted its long time office on April 14 (video here).

  Along with Li Baodong, previously China's Permanent Representative to the UN, was his Political Coordinator at that time, and his successor as Perm Rep Liu Jieyi, who asked the Press, How is everything? Accompanying Ban were his Kim Won-soo, Miroslav Jenca and Edmond Mulet, who introduced himself to Li Baodong. Jan Eliasson was coming down the hall saying, He is my friend.

  After the meeting as Li Baodong left, he greeted Inner City Press and was then asked about the Next Secretary General process and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea launches, to both of which he said, smiling, “That's up to member states.”
   Ban's Office of the Spokesperson - lead spokesman Stephane Dujarric seems to be away - should be putting out a read-out; for the Czech foreign minister photo op Inner City Press covered on July 19, the read-out mentioned Syria and climate change but not Turkey. Officials who have come to speak at the High Level Political Forum ask to meet with Ban Ki-moon. Or is it more than that? What can Ban say about accountability for the two Chines peacekeepers killed in Juba, by most accounts by shelling by an SPLA goverment tank? Watch this site.

Footnote: beyond the hypocrisy of Ban Ki-moon's eviction of Inner City Press, see obfuscation letter by USG Cristina Gallach claiming an altercation that video shows never took place, which has left it confined to minders anytime it covers meetings like the HLPF, there is the matter of temperature.

Ban Ki-moon announced that to save energy thermostats would be turned up in the UN. Down in the second basement, and in the “focus booth” that Inner City Press is now confined to use after its long time office was given to a media which never comes in or asks questions, it is sweltering. But up on 38, the air conditioning is working fine: cold, even. It's Ban's (un) Cool UN.


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