Global Political Calendar: China-proposed security briefing at UN, China-ROK ties at 30

Amid a shifting international landscape, China, as the rotating president of the United Nations Security Council for August, will host a briefing on global peace and security next week. And China and South Korea will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two neighbors.

China-proposed security briefing at UN

One of China's signature events as the presidency of UN Security Council for the month would be a briefing on August 22  themed "Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Promote Common Security through Dialogue and Cooperation."

The world is facing global challenges ranging from political turmoil, military conflicts, terrorist threats to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, energy crisis and food crisis, challenges worsened by division caused by the Cold War mentality and power politics.

"In such a complex situation, all parties expect a greater role by the UN," Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the UN, told a press conference on the Security Council's August work program on the first day of the month.

"China hopes parties will deeply reflect on questions such as what kind of international security do we really need, how can we get out of conflicts and turmoil and avoid larger security disasters under the current situation, and what role can the UN play," said Zhang.

China-South Korea ties at 30

Thirty years ago on August 24, 1992, China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) formally established diplomatic relations. The ROK is South Korea's official name.

"As Confucius observed, 'One should be able to establish himself at the age of thirty.' China-ROK relations, having braved wind and rain, should be more mature, independent and stable."

That was what Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told visiting South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin when they held talks in the Chinese city of Qingdao on August 9.

Park pledged that his country will take the 30th anniversary to carry out open and inclusive cooperation with China to make the bilateral relations more mature.

Both sides agreed to further the second-phase negotiation on a free trade agreement, and hold dialogues on maintaining the stability of industrial and supply chains.

Over the three decades, trade between the two countries has grown 72-fold to more than $360 billion. China has become South Korea's largest trading partner, while South Korea is China's third largest trading partner. The cumulative two way investment between the two countries has exceeded $100 billion, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Day by day

Monday: China hosts a United Nations Security Council briefing themed "Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Promote Common Security through Dialogue and Cooperation."

Tuesday: Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad visits Moscow to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov; NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg takes part virtually in the Second Summit of the Crimea Platform; Spain's President Pedro Sanchez arrives in Colombia to meet President Gustavo Petro during a two-day official visit to the South American country.

Wednesday: China and South Korea celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations; Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pays an official visit to Azerbaijan; Angola holds general election; Ukraine marks the 31st anniversary of its independence; America marks the 210th Anniversary of the Burning of Washington, including the White House and the U.S. Capitol building, by the British troops during the War of 1812.

Thursday: Uruguay's Independence Day; 78th Anniversary of the liberation of Paris from Nazi occupation in the Second World War.

Friday-Sunday: Quiet days in politics.

(With input from Reuters)

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