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UN official hopes China will contribute "strength and wisdom"

(Xinhua)

10:18, September 21, 2011

CHENGDU, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- A United Nations official said Tuesday that she hopes China will take every opportunity to reinforce, support and lead the UN's agenda and "infuse it with strength and wisdom."

"The more China gives, the better the UN can become," said Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative in China, at the Seminar in Memory of the 40th Anniversary of the Resumption of Lawful Rights of China in the United Nations.

The three-day seminar from Sept. 19 to 21 is being held in the city of Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan Province. About 100 UN and Chinese officials are gathering to discuss China's role in the UN, as well as the UN's role in global diplomacy.

Lok-Dessallien said that the General Assembly Resolution of Oct. 25, 1971 was an "important milestone in China's international relations and in the history of the United Nations."

"It restored the rights of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations and marked China's entry to the world stage," she said.

Steven Sabey, a senior policy advisor from the UNDP's China office, said that China plays an important role in facilitating cooperation about the member states of the United Nations.

"China needs the United Nations, and the United Nations also needs China," said Wu Hailong, China's assistant minister of foreign affairs.

"We must recognize that as the largest developing country in the world, China needs to manage its domestic affairs first, as this can have a positive effect on humanity as a whole," Wu said.

As China's role in the world continues to grow and evolve, the UN's role in China will also grow, according to Lok-Dessallien.

"As China's development trajectory continues to evolve, we are entering significantly new territory in the UN-China relationship," she said.

Sabey said that he hopes China will strengthen its cooperation with the United Nations in order to further improve intercultural communication and allow China to contribute more to other developing countries.

"The United Nations is committed to continuing to deepen and strengthen our partnership as we tackle the many global challenges ahead," said Lok-Dessallien.

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