Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
Xinhua News Agency: What do you think of the work China has done after taking over the rotating presidency of the Security Council for the month of May?
Wang Wenbin: This year marks the centenary of the CPC and the 50th anniversary of the restoration of China’s legitimate rights at the UN. It is of great significance that China assumed the Security Council presidency for May at such an important historical juncture.
Faced with new circumstances and challenges with the increasingly complicated and severe international landscape, escalating regional hotspot issues, and the enormous impact of another round of COVID-19 on world peace and security, China actively forged ahead in an innovative and pioneering spirit. Upholding the principles of objectivity, impartiality, efficiency, pragmatism, transparency and openness, China conscientiously fulfilled its duty as the Security Council rotating president, contributed Chinese vision and wisdom, and played a constructive role in enhancing solidarity and cooperation and safeguarding international peace and security, all of which has been fully acknowledged by other member states.
In May, the Security Council held a total of 31 meetings. China led or worked with other members of the Council to release two presidential statements on post-pandemic recovery in Africa and safety and security of peacekeepers respectively, adopt four resolutions on regional hotspot issues including Columbia, Abyei, South Sudan and Iraq, release six press statements on issues surrounding Afghanistan, the DRC, Gaza ceasefire, Mali and elections in Somali, and hold five key events featuring upholding multilateralism, Palestine-Israel conflict, post-pandemic recovery in Africa, safety and security of peacekeepers and the impact of emerging technologies. In particular, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired three open debates on upholding multilateralism, the Palestine-Israel conflict, and post-pandemic recovery in Africa respectively, where he put forward a series of initiatives and proposals to practice true multilateralism, seek political settlement of regional hotspot issues, and facilitate Africa’s post-pandemic recovery. These events gathered consensus and contributed to Security Council solidarity and commitment to the resolution of relevant issues, which has been broadly commended by the international community including African and Arab countries. China worked to ensure that the Security Council fulfills its mandate, advanced UN Secretary-General election-related matters, and arranged for informal dialogue between Security Council members and Secretary-General candidates. China took active measures to improve the Council’s working methods to enhance efficiency, transparency and inclusiveness while eliciting views from various sides and attaching importance to the legitimate concerns of the member states concerned. China also took steps to reinstate face-to-face meetings at the Council on the precondition of respecting science and ensuring safety, a move that has been broadly applauded.
With the concerted efforts of all member states, the Security Council reiterated its strong commitment to multilateralism, reaffirmed the correct direction of upholding true multilateralism; sent out a unified message on supporting international solidarity and cooperation in fighting the pandemic, in particular on advancing post-pandemic recovery and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa; actively responded to hotspot issues and contingencies and played an important role in advancing political settlement of conflicts and disputes; reached new consensus on issues such as the safety and security of peacekeepers and the impact of emerging technologies; and achieved new progress in making the Council’s work more just, transparent, efficient and practical.
As a permanent member of the Security Council, China will continue to engage actively and deeply in the Council’s work and make greater contributions to world peace and security.