China will support UN and its secretary-general in playing their
important role in international affairs, said State Councilor Tang
Jiaxuan in Beijing Monday.
Tang told visiting UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that all
parties should actively, substantively and steadily promote the
"Reforms should emphasize finding solutions to help the vast
developing countries and strengthening the UN's role in the
development field," he said.
As global threats and challenges keep growing, countries should
stick to multilateral cooperation and take collective actions to
deal with the challenges, Tang said.
Annan said UN reform has made positive progress under joint
efforts of China and other parties. However, there is still a long
way to go.
China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the
largest developing country, plays a "constructive" and "unique"
role in international affairs, he said.
Annan hopes China will continue to promote consensus making and
facilitate the UN reform process.
Turning to the Iran nuclear issue, Tang said the Chinese
government believes there is still room for a political solution to
Tang said the Iran nuclear issue concerned the authority and
efficiency of the international non-proliferation mechanism.
"It also concerns the peace and stability of the Middle East as
well as international energy security," Tang said in their official
"It is pivotal for the relevant parties to continue dialogue and
negotiation, to increase trust and find a solution with broad
support," he said.
Annan said he expected enhanced coordination and cooperation
between the UN and China on the Iran nuclear issue.
He said China's attitude and role were "very important" in
solving the issue, which concerned the peace and stability of the
Middle East and the world at large.
They also exchanged views on UN reform, the situation in the
Middle East and Sudan's Darfur issue.
(Xinhua News Agency May 23, 2006)