Understanding the Times: The UN System in a Complex World
China’s ties to the diverse activities of the UN and its related agencies in economic, technical and security areas became far more intricate and complex in the 1980s. China brought on board officers of IFIs to help it plot a track of modernisation through the exacting terrain of ideological compromise, economic transformation and domestic political turbulence. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China had a crucial role to play in relation not only to continuing issues in Southern Africa and the Middle East, but also in the 1990s to mounting post-Cold-War ethnic and subnational conflicts. China would continue to support UN goals, Premier Li Peng said in May 1991, even though as a developing country it faced ‘arduous [tasks of] domestic construction’.
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