The Chinese State Councilor His Excellency Yang Jiechi has stressed that his country took the lead among UN member states in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and lifted more people out of poverty than any other country.
He added that during President Xi Jinping’s visit to the UN headquarters last year and Premier Li Keqiang’s visit this year, a host of new measures were announced to support the United Nations, which will be fully implemented.
H.E. Councilor Yang Jiechi made these remarks on Tuesday at the reception for the 45th anniversary of the Restoration of The Lawful Seat of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations.
“The month of October brings us a golden autumn and a season of harvest. We gather here today for the important occasion of celebrating the 45th anniversary of the restoration of the lawful rights of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations,” he stated.
Mr. Jiechi told the gathering that the day, 45 years ago, would always be remembered in history. On that day, he said, by adopting Resolution 2758 with an overwhelming majority, the 1976th Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly voted to restore the lawful seat of the People’s Republic of China at the United Nations.
According to him, this historic decision signifies a notable enhancement of the universality, representativeness and authority of the United Nations and forces for peace and development in the world and marks a new stage of China’s diplomatic engagement with the world.
“As a Chinese saying goes, when drinking water from the well, one should not forget who dug it”. He thus affirmed that they would never forget the forerunners who worked tirelessly to restore the lawful seat of the New China, the friendly countries that carried the New China into the United Nations and the people from all quarters who have made unrelenting efforts to advance China-UN cooperation.
For 45 years, he went on, China has been a contributor to world peace. “In 1974, Mr. Deng Xiaoping made the unequivocal pledge at the United Nations that China would never be a hegemonic power. This statement was again reaffirmed by President Xi Jinping last year who declared at the United Nations that China will never seek hegemony, expansion or spheres of influence. Our words are always matched by our actions. In the pursuit of dialogue and partnership rather than confrontation or alliance,” Councilor Jiechi noted.
He further informed the gathering that China has established partnerships with more than 80 countries and organisations. In committing to political settlement and dialogues and consultation, he stressed that China has resolved boundary issues with 12 neighbours on land through negotiations and contributed Chinese wisdom to the handling of the Iranian nuclear issue, the Syrian issue, the issue of South Sudan, the Middle East peace process and the Afghan issue.
“The past 45 years saw enormous changes in the international landscape. It has been a period of fast transformation and continued integration into the international community for China, and a period of enormous progress for the cause of the United Nations and for China-UN cooperation. The decision by the United Nations to restore the lawful seat of the New China 45 years ago has been fully borne out as the right strategic choice,” he said.
The Chinese State Councilor further indicated that China has been a facilitator of global development. He cited China’s successful hosting of the G20 Hangzhou Summit, which brought development issues into the global macro policy framework for the first time, formulated the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and launched the G20 Initiative on Supporting Industrialisation in Africa and Least Developed Countries, injecting strong impetus into global development.
“We have also released the National Plan on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. China has made important contribution to the conclusion and implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and has deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN Secretary General,” he disclosed.
The country, according to him, has vigorously pursued the Belt and Road Initiative, signed relevant cooperation agreements with over 30 countries and international organisations, and initiated a large number of early harvest projects. By the end of last year, he added that China had provided assistance worth over RMB 400 billion for 166 countries and international and regional organisations.
“We take up the biggest share of UN membership fees and peacekeeping assessment among developing countries,” he said.
The event was attended by high profile dignitaries including diplomatic envoys, representatives of the UN System, among others.
by Mariatou Ngum in Beijing, China