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Ambassador Zhang Jun Spoke on China's Human Rights Progress in the 70 Years Since the Founding of the People's Republic of China

2019-10-22 06:22

On October 22, Ambassador Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations, addressed the Third Committee of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly and introduced China’s historical achievements on human rights in the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Ambassador Zhang said that the past seven decades witnessed leapfrog achievements in rights to survival and development. The Chinese people have turned a poor country into the world’s second largest economy, the largest manufacturer and the largest trader in goods. More than 800 million people are lifted out of poverty, nearly 400 million become middle-income earners. These development achievements are the marvel of the world. The past seven decades witnessed balanced and sufficient development in both categories of human rights. China has put in place a sound legal system of protecting human rights and established the world’s largest democratic election system at the primary level. The past seven decades witnessed China’s important contribution to global cause of human rights. China has provided development assistance of nearly 400 billion yuan to more than 160 countries and international organizations. Over 550 cooperation outcomes have been delivered under the Belt and Road Initiative. All these have given a strong boost to human rights cause of developing countries. It has been fully proved that the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics fits China’s national conditions and is good for world peace and prosperity. China will unswervingly follow this path.

Ambassador Zhang stressed that the Chinese people are in consistent pursuit of development and human rights. No matter how the world may change, their desire for a better life will not change; their conviction in the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics will not change; and their resolve to uphold national sovereignty, security and development interests will not change. With the socialism with Chinese characteristics entering a new era, China will embrace a more robust economy, greater social harmony, more sound democracy, fuller rule of law and comprehensive improvement of human rights.

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