XI AT UN .. No aim to fight Cold War or Hot War, China’s Xi says in UN Address


UNITED NATIONS: China’s Xi Jinping has stated that his country will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence, and added that Beijing has no intention to fight either a “Cold War” or a “hot war” with any country.

“China will continue to narrow the differences and resolve disputes with others through negotations, he said while addressing the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly. “We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation,” he said. China is currently having serious problems with the US at the global level and India at its neighbourhood over the red nation’s territorial expansion attempts powered by Xi as President.

“We will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence. We have no intention to fight either a Cold War or a hot war with any country,” Xi was quoted as saying in a pre-recorded video message played out at the UN meeting.

Xi, also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China and the Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese military, said his country will not pursue development behind closed doors. “Rather, we aim to foster, over time, a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other. This will create more space for China’s economic development and add impetus to global economic recovery and growth,” he said.

The Chinese president also addressed the issue of the Covid-19 pandemic and international criticism about China’s attempts to suppress details about the outbreak. “Facing the virus, we should enhance solidarity and get this through together. We should follow the guidance of science, give full play to the leading role of the World Health Organization, and launch a joint international response to beat this pandemic. Any attempt of politicising the issue or stigmatisation must be rejected,” Xi said.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had blasted China for “unleashing” the plague of the “China virus” onto the world, demanding that the United Nations must hold Beijing accountable for failing to contain the coronavirus that has killed nearly one million people across the world, including 200,000 Americans. 

Trump demanded that China, where the coronavirus emerged, be held accountable for failure to control the virus and for allowing it to spread across the world, news agencies reported. “As we pursue this bright future, we must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China,” he said.

In his address, Xi stressed that no country can gain from others’ difficulties or maintain stability by taking advantage of others’ troubles. “To pursue a beggar-thy-neighbor policy or just watch from a safe distance when others are in danger will eventually land one in the same trouble faced by others,” he said.

“We should reject attempts to build blocs to keep others out and oppose a zero-sum approach. We should see each other as members of the same big family, pursue win-win cooperation, and rise above ideological disputes and do not fall into the trap of “clash of civilizations,” he said.

More importantly, he said one should respect a country’s “independent choice of development path and model.”

The world is diverse in nature, and we should turn this diversity into a constant source of inspiration driving human advancement. This will ensure that human civilisations remain colourful and diversified, Xi said, amidst Western pressure on the ruling Communist Party to change. IHN-NN

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