Timeline: China and UN

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Editor's note:

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, a 193-nation body that began with 51 signatories, including China, at the end of the Second World War. Let's take a look at how China plays its role in the United Nations and how it has honored its commitments to the purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter, as well as how it has helped the U.N. respond to global threats in pursuit of peace and development.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 18, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]


China became the second largest contributor to the United Nations regular budget.

Sept. 28, 2018

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi addressed the general debate of the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

Jan. 18, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the U.N. Office in Geneva (UNOG), Switzerland. He championed in his speech a world of lasting peace, common security for all and common prosperity, as well as an open, inclusive world and a clean, beautiful world.


China became the second-largest country to share the United Nations' peacekeeping costs.

Sept. 28, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the general debate of the 70th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the annual high-level general debate of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, the United States, Sept. 28, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

July 24, 2015

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and the U.N. System in China jointly issued the Report on China's Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015). According to the report, between 1990 and 2011, China lifted 439 million people out of poverty, reduced the under-five mortality rate by two thirds and the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters, and halved the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Meanwhile, China has been actively engaged in South-South cooperation and provided help with its capability to over 120 developing countries in their efforts to attain the MDGs.

Oct. 15, 2014

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited the headquarters of FAO in Rome and announced China's new policies for greater cooperation with U.N. organizations. This was the first time a Chinese premier visited the U.N. organization.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) meets with Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Rome, capital of Italy, Oct. 15, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

September 2014

The mobile laboratory of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) dispatched a testing team to Sierra Leone for Ebola hemorrhagic fever testing. It was one of the first foreign laboratories to assist the country in the virus screening.

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