Chinese President and Chairman of the Communist Party, Xi Jinping, said his country has no intention to fight neither a cold war not a hot one with any country, as tensions between China and some of its immediate neighbors remain fraught.
Addressing the 75th edition of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Xi Jinping said: “We have no intention to fight either cold war or a hot one with any country.”
He said it is natural for countries to have differences but can be subsided through dialogs.
“We will never seek hegemony, expansion or sphere of influence,” Xi said, adding his nation is the world’s largest developing economies committed to ‘peaceful, open cooperative and common development.’
The 75th session of the UN General assembly started on Monday, and world leaders’ pre-recorded messages were played on Tuesday, thanks to the ongoing pandemic.
He said China will continue to resolve disputes with other nations and narrow the differences though ‘dialogue and negotiations,” according to media reports.
Xi Jinping’s remarks come amid an unprecedented time in the history of modern times as China and India have already engaged in a bloody war sans firearms in the de-facto border of Galwan Valley in Kashmir, earlier this year.
China’s stance with Taiwan – the small island-nation off the Chinese coast – has also become tainted with war-like tensions in recent times, over China’s claims to own the islands-state.
The recent Hong Kong security law enacted by China in the autonomous region initiated an international debate over the CCP’s efforts to nullify free speech in Hong Kong. Critics even called it the ‘end of Hong Kong.’
Hold China accountable?
Other member states’ leaders also spoke in the event amid unprecedented changes of the century, including Brazil’s president Jaire Bolsonaro and US President Donald Trump. Both the leader’s countries are at peak of the pandemic in the world.
Meanwhile, President Trump lodged the ‘Chinavirus’ rhetoric in the UN General Assembly address, which many critics view as his way of shrouding his administration’s failed efforts to prevent the now nearly 200k deaths of US citizens from the virus.
Trump demanded China to be held accountable for delaying the reports of the virus which started to spread at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the virus, and was only declared to the world next year in March.
“The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” Mr. Trump said in a pre-recorded address to the prestigious assembly.
“Those who attack America’s exceptional environmental record while ignoring China’s rampant pollution are not interested in the environment,” Trump said, as quoted by ITV news.
Mr. Trump, although neither acknowledged not took the responsibility for the fact his nation has by far the world’s largest death toll from the virus of any country in the world, along with the most number of cases.
Global COVID-19 cases stand over 31 million, with 966K deaths, as per the latest Google records. The US and India have the most number of cases, with the former nation having the highest fatality case in the world.