BEIJING, Nov. 30 -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Annan will discuss a plan to reform the United Nations Security Council during a
visit to China from Dec 4 to 7, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on
"It will be
Annan's seventh visit to China since he took office, and the two sides will
exchange views on international and regional issues of common interest," Liu
Jianchao told a news conference.
United Nations Secretary-General
Kofi Annan speaks during a news conference in Tbilisi, November 19, 2005.
Annan will discuss a plan to reform the United Nations Security Council
during a visit to China from Dec 4 to 7, a Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman said on Tuesday.
Annan and Chinese leaders would also discuss
proposals to reform the Security Council to make it more representative, Liu
said, sidestepping a question on whether China and Japan would hold talks on the
issue next month.
"China supports reform of the U.N. Security Council
... but priority should be given to increasing the representation of developing
countries, especially African countries," he said.
Annan has pushed hard for reform by the end of the
year, arguing that the council still reflects the balance of power at the end of
World War Two -- China along with the United States, Russia, Britain and France
are permanent members with veto power.
The council currently has 10 non-permanent seats that
rotate for two-year terms, in addition to the five permanent members.
In August, China threatened to veto a plan to enlarge
the Security Council if the reform measure went to a vote.
China suggested the so-called Group of Four nations
-- Japan, India, Germany and Brazil -- withdraw a proposal to add 10 new seats
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(Source: China Daily/Reuters)