UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that Beijing has “no intent to combat either a Cold War or a hot one with any country,” as tensions grow in between China and the United States.
” We will continue to narrow distinctions and fix disagreements with others through discussion and settlement. We will not seek to establish just ourselves or engage in zero amount video game,” Xi stated in a pre-recorded video statement to the annual event of world leaders, carried out essentially this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Long-simmering tensions between the United States and China hit boiling point over the pandemic, highlighting Beijing’s quote for higher multilateral impact in a difficulty to Washington’s traditional leadership.
The coronavirus emerged in China late last year and Washington accuses Beijing of a lack of transparency that it says worsened the outbreak. China rejects the U.S. assertions.
In what seemed a rebuke to U.S. President Donald Trump, though both leaders’ speeches were pre-recorded, Xi required an international response to the virus and giving the World Health Organization a leading role.
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Trump has announced plans for the United States to leave the Geneva-based WHO, accusing the company of being a puppet of China, a claim the WHO denied.
” Facing the virus, we must enhance uniformity and survive this together. We need to follow the guidance of science, give complete play to the leading function of the World Health Company,” Xi stated. “Any attempt of politicizing the issue or stigmatization need to be rejected.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the 193- member General Assembly previously on Tuesday that everything need to be done to avoid a brand-new Cold War, warning that “we are relocating an extremely harmful direction.”
” Our world can not pay for a future where the 2 largest economies split the world in a fantastic fracture,” he stated. “A technological and financial divide dangers inevitably becoming a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs.”
Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Arshad Mohammed, David Brunnstrom; Editing by Howard Goller
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