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China and the United Nations:50 Years and Beyond, A New Journey Ahead

2021-10-25 23:05

25 October 1971 marked the beginning of a new chapter in the China-UN cooperation. On that day, the UN General Assembly, at its 26th session, adopted Resolution 2758 with an overwhelming majority to restore all the lawful rights of the People’s Republic of  China in the United Nations. It was a victory for New China’s diplomacy, a triumph for world fairness and justice, and a milestone for the UN itself.

Over past five decades, China has taken an active part in UN affairs across the board, and rendered its consistent, enduring and reliable support to the organization. China has spared no efforts in promoting world peace and common development, and made unique contribution to addressing global challenges. The United Nations, on its part, has witnessed and participated in China’s development, and offered an indispensable platform for China to play its role as a responsible major country.

Fifty years on, the China-UN cooperation has now come to a new starting point. In his statement last month at the general debate of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping laid out China’s new assessments, visions and actions for global issues. His statement will serve as a guide for China’s participation in UN affairs and its cooperation with the organization. Moving ahead, China will continue to actively participate in UN affairs. It will work even more closely with the UN, and contribute to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

China will firmly uphold and practice true multilateralism. Our world has entered a new period of turbulence and transformation. The complex international situation we face nowadays calls for collective efforts from all parties. The central role of the UN in international affairs must be supported. The purposes and principles of the UN Charter must be complied with. And hotspot issues must be dealt with by political means. Unilateralism, bullying practices and pseudo-multilateralism of whatever forms must be resolutely rejected by all countries around the world.

As a responsible major country, China will set a good example on the UN platform by taking the lead in upholding justice and assuming its due responsibilities. As a permanent member of the Security Council, China will continue to perform its duties with due diligence for world peace and security. At the same time, we call on other major countries to come to the right side of history by strengthening unity and coordination, honoring their words with concrete actions, and completely abandoning the Cold War mentality and zero-sum game.

China will continue to make all-out efforts to promote common development around the world. It is our belief that development holds the master key to solving all problems. Its importance will be even more prominent in the post-COVID era and therefore should be further prioritized on the UN agenda. China stands ready to work with other countries to fully implement the Global Development Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping at the general debate of the UN General Assembly, bring into full play the coordinating role of the UN, and speed up the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to make global development more robust, greener and more balanced.

China will continue to contribute to addressing global challenges. The top priority right now is to step up international anti-COVID cooperation, ensure fair and reasonable distribution of vaccines on a global scale, and strive for an early victory against the pandemic around the world. Climate change presents another grave threat to all humanity, to which we must take collective actions without the slightest delay. The international community, developed countries in particular, must earnestly implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement to jointly build a clean and beautiful planet we call home.

The United Nations can as always count on China’s support in its institutional building. China is already the second largest contributor to the UN regular budget and its peacekeeping assessments, and we will continue to honor our financial obligations. Meanwhile, it is important that all member states must do their part in a responsible manner to sustain the role of the UN. We urge other major contributors to pay their shares on time, in full and without condition, and call on high-income developed countries to shoulder more financial responsibilities.

The One-China principle, affirmed by Resolution 2758, is part of the basic norms governing international relations, and is widely recognized by the international community. China urges all countries to abide by this principle and will firmly defend its sovereignty, security and development interests. The Democratic Progressive Party authority in Taiwan and some anti-China separatist forces overseas are clamoring for the so-called Taiwan’s participation in the UN. Their tricks will fool no one but themselves, and will lead to nowhere but a dead end. It is time for them to face the reality, stop moving against the trend of history, and give up any attempts to exploit the UN platform for "Taiwan independence" separatist activities.

The past five decades has been a fruitful journey for the China-UN cooperation. Moving forward, China will continue to work with other countries to build the UN into a central platform for international affairs, where we can together safeguard universal security, share development dividends, and make the world a better place.

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