06 Jun '11, 11pm

China backs Ban for second term as UN chief

BEIJING - CHINA, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has backed Ban Ki Moon's bid for a second term as chief of the global body, praising his work over the past four years. Mr Ban, who has led the United Nations since January 2007, on Monday put himself forward for a second five-year term as secretary general. 'As a native Asian, Mr Ban Ki Moon has served the United Nations for more than four years,' said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei in comments reported by official Chinese news agency Xinhua on Tuesday. 'China applauds his work as the secretary general,' Mr Hong said. 'Mr. Ban has made great contributions in promoting the UN to play a greater role in international affairs,' he added. China's UN ambassador Li Baodong said Asian nations backed Mr Ban and that he had strengthened the UN role in promoting 'peace and development' during his term. Fran...

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