China’s President Xi Jinping warns Against ‘Clash Of Civilizations’ In UN Speech
CNB News – China’s President Xi Jinping warned of a “clash of civilizations” as the coronavirus pandemic ravages the world during a United Nations speech Tuesday.
The Guardian reported Xi said in a pre-recorded address the world must “oppose politicization and stigmatization” over COVID-19, urging global leaders to embrace the “concept of a big family… and avoid falling into the trap of a clash of civilizations.”
His opening address comes as President Trump blasted China in an earlier address to the assembly, blaming Beijing for the U.S. death toll of nearly 200,000 Americans due to the virus, as well as the 1 million lives who have died around the world.
Trump has regularly said China should be held “accountable” for the coronavirus outbreak as U.S. officials have said Wuhan officials initially hid information about the coronavirus from the central Chinese government for fear of reprisal.
The U.S. has also called out Beijing over its active pursuit of control in the South China Sea and its recent moves to squash democracy movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Xi told world leaders Tuesday the People’s Republic of China had no desire for “hegemony, expansion or sphere of influence.”
“China has no intention to enter a Cold War with any country,” he said, insisting Beijing is instead a bulwark of international systems such as the World Trade Organization and a willing partner in the face of diplomatic spats.
“We insist on dialogue to bridge differences and negotiation to resolve disputes,” Xi added.
China and the U.S. have been at odds over significant issues such as the origin of the virus, tech and trade dominion, and national security disputes.
Trump’s reelection campaign tactics often lambast Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden over his past relations with China, and a spokesperson from the president’s campaign said it would “be pushing Biden on his China trade record aggressively in the coming weeks.”