China celebrates 50th anniversary of restoration of lawful seat in UN


By Chen Xu
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), as
well as the 50th anniversary of the restoration of China’s legitimate rights in the UN.
The country is a founding member of the UN, and the first signatory of the UN Charter. On June
26, 1945, the Chinese delegation, including Dong Biwu, a representative of the CPC, took the lead
to sign the document. About nine years later, Chinese Premier and Foreign Minister Zhou Enlai
led a Chinese delegation to the Geneva Conference, where he demonstrated the foreign policy of
peace and a brand new diplomatic style of the People’s Republic of China. Therefore, Geneva is
hailed as the birthplace of China’s multilateral diplomacy.
To restore China’s lawful seat in the UN, the country had made unremitted efforts and written an
unforgettable chapter in the diplomatic history of the People’s Republic of China. On Oct. 25,
1971, the 26th UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution 2758 with an overwhelming
majority of votes, which decided to restore all the lawful rights of the People’s Republic of China
in the UN. It was a new page in the UN history, and marked a new phase of the China-UN
Over the past 50 years, China has actively shared its views and proposals in the UN, making
vibrant voices for its diplomacy, and Chinese leaders have also been frequent speakers on UN
Since 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has delivered multiple important speeches on
multilateral platforms including the UN, during which he raised a series of new ideas, propositions
and initiatives with Chinese characteristics that conformed to international aspiration and the trend
of the times, and offered important guidance for carrying forward, practicing and developing
In 2017, he made a historic speech titled Work Together to Build a Community of Shared Future
for Mankind at the UN Office in Geneva, which triggered wide and heated response in the
international community. Four years later, he once again charted a course for carrying forward and
developing multilateralism with the speech titled Let the Torch of Multilateralism Light up
Humanity’s Way Forward he delivered at the World Economic Forum Virtual Event of the Davos
Over the past 50 years, China has participated in the multilateral affairs of the UN in an all-round
manner and demonstrated its major country responsibility. The country has joined almost all
universal inter-governmental organizations and signed more than 600 international conventions,
which continuously improved its position and expanded its influence in the UN and the
international community.
China has faithfully fulfilled its WTO accession commitments and constantly improved its level of
opening-up to inject impetus into the economic globalization and global growth. It raised the Belt
and Road Initiative, actively promoted South-South Cooperation and North-South dialogue,
achieved the poverty alleviation goal set on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10
years ahead of schedule, and effectively consolidated and expanded the results of common
development. Besides, the country’s active efforts to expand international cooperation on fighting
the COVID-19 pandemic and build a global community of health for all are also vital for the
global response to public health crises.
As a diplomatic envoy and one who practices multilateral diplomacy, I have fortunately
experienced and witnessed China’s participation in UN affairs.