The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Ghana’s president is defending massive Chinese investment across Africa in the face of concerns about a possible “re-colonization of the African continent by a new power.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo says “it is obvious to us that the development trajectory we had been on for many decades is not working.”

He adds, “We are trying a different one, and we would appreciate the support and goodwill of the world.”

Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, he offered the vision of “an Africa Beyond Aid.”

Ghana has one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. The United States and others have expressed concern that Chinese loans to African nations for infrastructure projects will trap the countries in debt.

Ghana’s leader responded that “rich and well-established countries have been paying regular visits to China” as well.

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10 a.m.

The second day of speeches by world leaders at the United Nations has begun with more calls for multilateralism.

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Namibia’s president, Hage G. Geinob, said Wednesday he is alarmed to see the world drifting “ever more worryingly towards unilateral action.” He said that goes against the fundamental tenets of democracy.

He said that “democracy … is by far the best system that enables key values of the United Nations, necessary for sustained inclusive development.” And he added, “It is for this reason that we must embrace multilateralism with greater urgency, to counter unilateral action.”

He also praised Monday’s opening speech by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who warned against rising polarization and populism.

Earlier, Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela said countries must work together to stem migratory movements that “can only be resolved by removing the root causes that cause them to leave their countries.”

The speeches praising multilateralism run counter to the theme being pushed by U.S. President Donald Trump, who openly scorned the idea of “globalism” and has been touted his “America First” agenda.

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8 a.m.

More world leaders are stepping up to the podium at the U.N. General Assembly, but the lion’s share of the day’s attention will be down the hall where U.S. President Donald Trump will be chairing the Security Council.

It’ll be Trump’s first experience in leading a session of the U.N.’s most powerful body, where the U.S. currently holds the rotating presidency. It’s using that perch to double down on criticism of Iran.

While Wednesday’s meeting of the council will be addressing the issue of nonproliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, Trump himself has left little doubt that it’ll be another chance to target Tehran.

Source: The Associated Press

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