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UPDATED: 10:32, July 15, 2005
Chinese netizens closely follow UN Security Council expansion
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Tens of thousands of Chinese netizens have recently been showing great interest in the United Nations (UN) Security Council expansion debate, leaving words on the bulletins of major Chinese Internet portals.

Two major Chinese news websites, and, have set up regular columns for the topic of UN Security Council reform, which provides the latest information about the reform process, the different stances of UN member states, photo news, commentaries and bulletins for the comments of netizens.

The 191-nation UN General Assembly on Tuesday concluded a debate on a draft resolution submitted by Japan, Brazil, Germany and India which calls for the addition of six permanent members to the Security Council.

The four countries, known as the G-4, are aspiring to become permanent members of an enlarged Security Council. Under the framework of the resolution, the seats of the council would be expanded to 25 from the current 15 by adding six new permanent seats and four non-permanent ones.

The United States, Russia and China have stated their opposition to the proposal. Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Wang Guangya reiterated on Monday that "China is firmly opposed to setting an artificial time frame for the Security Council reform and rejects the forcible vote on any formula on which there still exists significant differences."

The debate has attracted the attention of tens of thousands of Chinese netizens. According to manager of news center, Liang Chunyuan, by 2:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon, up to 18,900 messages had been left by netizens in the special column on UN reform on the website.

Chinese netizens are showing strong support for the position of the Chinese government, and believe that the UN Security Council expansion should take into consideration the interest of developing countries.

On the bulletin, netizen George Ryan left the following words: "The goal of UN reform is to raise the efficiency and authority of the United nations. Any hasty vote for an immature draft resolution will split the solidarity and unity of the United Nations." Another netizen, Ma Zaike, said, "It is essential to maintain the peace and stability of the United Nations."

Source: Xinhua

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