Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Rosemary Foot is an emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford, as well as a senior research fellow in the department of politics and international relations. Her research is focused on security and human rights issues, with particular regard to the Asia-Pacific region. In her latest book, China, the UN and Human Protection: Beliefs, Power, Image, she analyzes China's approach to and relationship with the United Nations. Rosemary Foot.Illustration by Kate Copeland Q: The 50th anniversary of the People's Republic of China joining the United Nations is coming up soon. Why has membership of the UN been so important to recent Chinese leaders? A: UN membership has been important right from the beginning of the People's Republic of China, and for China itself, even when it was under the Nationalist government led by Chiang Kai Shek. To be a signatory to the UN Charter in 1945, and to be the first country to sign, was very important for the Guomindang gSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.