Timeline: China and UN

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March 27, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and delivered a speech expounding on exchange and mutual learning among civilizations and elaborating on the role of the Chinese Dream in promoting Chinese civilization. This was the first-ever visit to the organization by a Chinese Head of State.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in Paris, France, March 27, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

Sept. 25, 2013

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the Special Meeting of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the U.N. headquarters in New York and delivered a speech entitled Peace, Development and Cooperation Must be Moved Forward Instead of Backward.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a special event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during the 68th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 25, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]

Sept. 21-25, 2009

Hu Jintao, then Chinese president, attended a string of U.N. summits, including the U.N. Climate Change Summit, the 64th U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. Security Council Summit on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, as well as the G20 Summit. 

Hu Jintao, then Chinese president, addresses the opening ceremony of the U.N. Climate Change Summit in New York, Sept. 22, 2009. [Photo/Xinhua]

Sept. 17, 2007

Chinese Major General Zhao Jingmin, a senior officer at the Office of Peacekeeping Affairs in China's National Defense Ministry, took office as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), becoming the first Chinese officer to be appointed by the U.N. as a peacekeeping force commander.

May 9, 2006

China was elected as a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Sept. 14, 2005

Hu Jintao, then Chinese president, attended the Security Council Summit on the 60th anniversary of the United Nations and delivered an important speech entitled Maintaining the Authority of the Security Council and Strengthening Collective Security Mechanism. He noted in his speech the U.N. Security Council has an irreplaceable role to play in resolving major global and regional issues related to world peace and security. We should ensure that the Security Council can fulfill its responsibilities under the U.N. Charter.

June 7, 2005

The Chinese government issued the Position Paper of the People's Republic of China on the United Nations Reforms to elaborate its position on U.N. reforms, maintaining that U.N. reforms should be in the interest of multilateralism and enhance the U.N.'s authority and efficiency, as well as its capacity to deal with new threats and challenges.

May 2003

The Security Council adopted Resolution 1483 by a vote of 14-0, ending 13 years of U.N.'s economic sanctions against Iraq. China voted in favor of it.

Wang Yingfan (L, front), China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, votes in favor of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1483, May 22, 2003. [Photo/Xinhua]

September 2000

Jiang Zemin, then Chinese president, attended the U.N. Millennium Summit and delivered an important speech, where he elaborated on China's position on promoting the lofty cause of world peace and development, democratizing international relations, strengthening the role of the U.N. and upholding the purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter. He also called for the common development and prosperity of all nations in economic globalization.

Jiang Zemin, then Chinese president, delivers an important speech at  the U.N. Millennium Summit, Sept. 6, 2000. [Photo/Xinhua]


January 2000

The Chinese government dispatched 15 civilian police officers to the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). This was the first time Beijing sent civilian police to carry out a U.N. peacekeeping operation.

October 1995

Jiang Zemin, Chinese President at that time, delivered a speech at a meeting marking the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. He was the first Chinese head of state to address the United Nations.

April 1990

China sent five military observers to join the work of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in the Middle East. It was the first time China participated in U.N.-led peacekeeping missions.


China joined the U.N. Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and thereby laid the groundwork for becoming a key player in the field of peacekeeping.


-China became a member state of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

-Ni Zhengyu was elected as a judge by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), becoming the first representative of China on the court since the founding of New China. 


China became a member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).


-China became a member of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and since then, it has been one of the largest recipients of IFAD assistance. 

-China joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of the Outer Space.

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