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Remarks by Ambassador Ning Fukui at the commemoration marking the 45th anniversary of the restoration of the lawful seat of the People's Republic of China in the United States
 (2016-11-02)

Remarks by Ambassador Ning Fukui

at the commemoration marking the 45th anniversary of the restoration of the lawful seat of People’s Republic of China

in the United Nations

October 25 2016, UNCC Bangkok

Distinguishied Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Mr. Kaveh Zahedi,

Honorable excellencies and guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to begin my remarks by offering my deepest condolences to members of the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Thailand, and to the people of Thailand, on the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Today marks the UN Day, I also wish to express my great esteem to all United Nations agencies in Bangkok and its staff, thank you to carry forward the spirit of the UN Charter, and for your outstanding contributions in promotion of peace, development, cooperation and prosperity.

45 years ago in October 25 1971, the 26th UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution 2758, which decided to restore the lawful seat of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations. This is one of the greatest decisions in the United Nations. This is also a day worth of commemoration for both China and the United Nations.

Since back to the United Nations, China has been deeply involved in all aspects of UN affairs, and continuously makes it’s own contribution to the world peace and development. In the political sphere, China comprehensively participates in the work of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council, promote to resolve disputes and conflicts through peaceful means of dialogue and negotiation, and maintain the authority and effectiveness of the United Nations. In the economic and social fields, China has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty through its own reform and opening, and remains an engine of global economy growth. In the security field, China actively participate in disarmament and peacekeeping operations. Among the Security Council's five permanent members, China sends the largest number of peacekeepers, and is the most involved in peacekeeping operations. In the field of human rights, China actively participates in the work of the Human Rights Council, promotes international human rights dialogue and exchanges, and contributes to the healthy development of international human rights cause. In the field of climate change, China actively promotes the Paris Agreement and is among the first to sign, demonstrating a responsible role in international community.

During the UN 70th Anniversary last September, Xi Jinping President of the People's Republic of China introduced the concept of creating a community of shared future for mankind, announced the establishment of the China-UN peace and development fund with a total of 1 billion US dollars, and an assistance fund for South-South cooperation with an initial pledge of 2 billion US dollars, and build a peacekeeping standby force of 8,000 troops, thus opened a new chapter in China-UN cooperation.

The cooperation between China and ESCAP is a important component of China-UN cooperation. Since 1973, China has sent high level delegations to participate in each of ESCAP’s Commission Sessions, and hosted two commission sessions in China, in 1992 and 2004 respectively. The annual contributions of China to ESCAP were also steadily increased, and now reached around 1.3 million US dollars each year. In April this year, a Letter of Intent on Advancing Regional Connectivity and the Belt and Road Initiative was signed in Beijing between China’s foreign minister Wang Yi and the Executive Secretary Shamad Akhtar. The Letter of Intent will further promotes the strategic cooperation between China and ESCAP in regional development, and extend profound impacts on connectivity and integration in the Asia Pacific.

Dear colleagues,

China's development significantly benefits from the international community including the United Nations. As its own strength increases, China is also willing to provide more public goods to the international community. The Belt and Road Initiative and AIIB will inject new impetus to the regional and global economic development. And the global governance view of equality, openness, cooperation and sharing put forward by China also provides a solution to the world's economic development with Chinese philosophy.

As a permanent member of UN Security Council and the largest developing country, China will continue to firmly support UN and multilateralism, further participate in UN’s all cooperation areas, further strengthen cooperation with ESCAP and other regional cooperation mechanisms, and make greater contribution to global peace and development and common prosperity of the human society.

Thank you all.

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