BEIJING -- China on Thursday said UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has helped
strengthen cooperation between China and the United Nations during his ten-year
tenure at the helm of the world body.
has made persistent efforts to push forward and enhance the UN's role in
safeguarding peace and stability of the world as well as promote world
development during the past ten years," Qin Gang, Chinese foreign ministry
spokesman, said at a regular press conference.
China highly appreciates Annan's work to strengthening cooperation between
China and the UN, Qin said.
Annan will end his job as Secretary General on December 31st. He will be
replaced by the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea(ROK) Ban Ki-moon, who
will take the oath of office on Thursday morning.
Ban will formally take over his duties as the UN chief on January 1, 2007.
"Annan is a good friend of China. We wish him a smooth and pleasant life and
work in future," Qin said,