China to fulfill duty as rotating Security Council president in objective and fair way: Chinese envoy

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Zhang Yesui, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, addresses the media at the Permanent Mission of China to the UN in New York, the United States, Dec. 29, 2009. China will take over the rotating presidency of the 15-member UN Security Council for the month of January, 2010. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

China will perform its duty as the rotating presidency of UN Security Council in January in an objective and fair way and work with other council members to maintain the international peace and security, said the Chinese UN envoy at United Nations Tuesday.

Zhang Yesui, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, said in an interview at the seat of the Chinese Mission that taking the rotating council presidency is an important task for China in the field of multilateral diplomacy in 2010.

The 15 council members are now consulting on the program of work for next month, which includes a series of discussion on the global and regional hot-spot issues, open debates and consultations, said Zhang.

"According to what I have got up till now, there will be a busy schedule," he said.


Zhang Yesui, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, addresses the media at the Permanent Mission of China to the UN in New York, the United States, Dec. 29, 2009.(Xinhua/Shen Hong)

Zhang said China will do its utmost to make sure that the Security Council works in a smooth and efficient way.

The Presidency of the Security Council rotates among the members of the Security Council in the English alphabetical order of their names. Each president holds office for one calendar month. China previously assumed the presidency in October 2008.

Touching on the issue of the international situation in 2009, Zhang said the outgoing year witnessed complex and profound changes of world affairs.

He said the multilateral diplomatic situation in 2009 has three main features: first, global crises gained unprecedented complexity while international summits became the principal platform to address these pressing issues.

Secondly, the reform of the international system was high on the agenda, and the efforts in the global economic governance paid off in an initial way.

Thirdly, emerging countries grew rapidly and exerted increasing influences on multilateral affairs.

Meanwhile, the year 2009 also saw the dynamic diplomatic efforts of China in the international arena, Zhang said.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and other Chinese leaders took an active part in international summits, making significant contributions to the international community's efforts to address global and regional issues, Zhang said.

As a permanent member of the Security Council and the largest developing country in the world, China fully participates in the work of UN and plays a constructive role, the ambassador said.

Source:Xinhua
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