Vice-Foreign Minister Qiao Guanhua (left) bursts into laughter at a United Nations General Assembly session on Oct 25, 1971, as the People’s Republic of China’s lawful rights in the UN are restored. XINHUA
In October 1971, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Resolution 2758 at its 26th Session. The resolution was to restore all lawful rights to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the UN.
In fact, since the PRC was founded in 1949, the country had expressed its wish to be granted UN representation. After 22 years’ continuous efforts, the PRC was recognized as the only lawful representative of China to the UN.
It was a victory for the diplomacy of the PRC, a victory for justice and fairness in the world, and a victory for the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, noted Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
According to Zhang Guihong, director of Research Center for the United Nations and International Organizations at Fudan University, a place in the UN provided key opportunities for China to improve its relationship with other countries. China also joined UN agencies and participated in UN affairs through international cooperation. And as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, it has been able to fulfill its responsibilities as a major country in international diplomacy.
Since then, the country has made great contributions to global peace and sustainable development, said Andrey Denisov, the Russian ambassador to China.
Among the permanent members of the UN Security Council, China is the largest contributor of peacekeepers and has participated in 29 UN peacekeeping operations and sent a total of over 50,000 peacekeepers, according to Wang Yi.
The country has also engaged in many development projects and aid programs in more than 160 developing countries.
China has played an active role in addressing global challenges such as climate change, poverty and the COVID-19 pandemic. It has implemented the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. The country is actively involved in global anti-pandemic efforts, providing Chinese vaccines and medical supplies to other countries and regions and international organizations.
When delivering a statement at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept 21, President Xi Jinping announced that China would solemnly commemorate the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the lawful seat of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations, which he said is a historic event.
“We will continue our active efforts to take China’s cooperation with the United Nations to a new level and make new and greater contributions to advancing the noble cause of the UN.”