MONROVIA, Sept. 15 (LINA) – Affirming its commitment to global peace and security, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has urged member countries of the United Nations (UN) to reject unilateralism, hegemonism and power politics while calling for maintenance of the outcome of World Anti-Fascist War and opposition to attempts that seek to turn back the clock of history.
Beijing is calling for the championing of multilateralism, the preservation of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, protection of the UN-centered international system and the international order underpinned by international law as well as working together to make international relations more democratic, rules-based and equitable.
In a Position Paper on the 75th Anniversary of the UN, the PRC acknowledged that all countries are equal, irrespective of their size, strength or wealth and underscored the need to respect the other countries’ independent choice of social system and development path, oppose interference in internal affairs, and promote a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation.
The PRC is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. As a founding member of the UN, China was the first country to sign the Charter, and it embraces the lofty ideals of the UN by contributing to humanity’s cause of peace and development and promoting with concrete actions a community with a shared future for mankind.
In its position statement, the PRC indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic is compounding the once-in-a-century transformations unfolding in our world, stating that “We are entering a period of turbulence and change, and witnessing the rise of protectionism, unilateralism and bullying practices.”
Certain countries and political forces, according to the PRC, keep playing the blame game, clamoring for « decoupling », and pulling out of international organizations and agreements.
“What they are doing is sabotaging international cooperation, stoking confrontation between ideologies and social systems, and putting the world in serious jeopardy,” the PRC pointed out.
It said that all countries need to look beyond the pandemic and find answers to major questions such as what the world will look like and what kind of UN the world needs., adding, “We should all work together to draw a new and better blueprint for the sake of succeeding generations.
“We need to strengthen solidarity and reject any politicization or stigmatization associated with COVID-19. We should fully leverage the key leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO), and take concerted global action to combat the disease,” Beijing said in its position statement.
The PRC further underscored the need to increase information sharing, policy communication and action coordination as well as speed up the research and development of medicines, vaccines and testing, and strive for earlier breakthroughs.
While maintaining vigilance against the virus, it said that countries where conditions permit may reopen businesses and schools in an orderly fashion in compliance with WHO’s professional recommendations, and make timely and calibrated adjustments as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Among other things, the PRC emphasized its support for human rights, believing that no human right is more important than the right to a happy life.
It said, as a country that respects and safeguards human rights, China applies the universal principles of human rights in light of the national context, promotes the mutually reinforcing development of democracy and people’s well-being, and pursues peace and development in parallel.
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