U.N. Secretary General Ban meets with Chinese leadership

U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon met with the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping on Wednesday to discuss peace and security, human rights and development.

Their talks began with Ban commending China for its commitment to multilateralism and its strong support of the U.N. They then discussed China's engagement in challenges facing climate change, in which Ban asked Xi to participate in a summit on climate change next year in New York.

The topic then switched to the situation on the Korean Peninsula. In the early spring, North Korea threatened to attack the U.S. and its allies. The threats went so far as to warn of a nuclear strike on American soil.

Since April, North Korea's threats have died down and talks are starting to take place. Ban thanked Xi for his role in reducing the tensions in the North Korean situation.

Ban and Xi also discussed the current Syrian crisis. The Syrian civil war has raged for over two years and has escalated in the past year. Ban again thanked Xi and China for supporting a political solution to the Syrian conflict.

They concluded their conversation by discussing human rights issues. Ban welcomed the progress China was made and said he hoped China's second review in October could give momentum to its engagement with the international human rights system.