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Statement by H.E. Mr. Tang Jiaxuan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of Delegation of The People's Republic of China At the 56th Session of the UN General Assembly

2001/11/11

Mr. President,

First of all, please allow me to warmly congratulate you on your election as President of the 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. I am confident that under your able guidance and with the close cooperation of all delegates, this session will be crowned with success. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Mr. Holkeri for what he did as President of the last session of the General Assembly.

Mr. President,

A year ago, the United Nations convened the historic Millennium Summit in New York, where leaders of more than 100 countries discussed important matters of the world and looked to the future of humanity. The UN Millennium Declaration issued by the Summit identifies the objectives for promoting world peace and development in the new century and serves as a guide to action for the international community to create a better world. It was at this solemn podium that President Jiang Zemin of China made an appeal, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, to all countries and peoples that love peace and aspire to progress: Let us work hand in hand to move the wheel of history toward a bright future.

The international developments over the past year demonstrate that more and more countries have opted for increasing dialogue and cooperation, preserving world peace and seeking common development as they see in these their own interests. Such a trend has not only brought rare opportunities of development for many countries, but also created favorable conditions for our joint endeavor to build a better world.

To be sure, the cause of human progress is still faced with daunting challenges, and the international community remains far from fulfilling all the objectives set out by the Millennium Summit.

Neither of the two main objectives - peace and development in the world - has been achieved. The world is by no means tranquil. Factors of uncertainty in the international situation are on the rise. Conflicts triggered by ethnic or religious problems have kept cropping up. The people in some countries are still suffering in wars and turmoil. International terrorist activities have spread to many parts of the world. Disasters caused by such global problems as environmental degradation, poverty, HIV/AIDS, drugs and refugees are worsening. The objective of democratized international relations is far from being realized. And there has been no marked change in the unfair and irrational international economic order.

Mr. President,

Terrorism is a common scourge to the international community and its threat to world peace and stability is severe and imminent.

We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11 and extend our deep sympathy and solicitude