Handle disputes with ‘dialogue and cooperation’: Xi at UNGA

United Nations: Amidst escalating tension in ties with the US, Chinese President Xi Jinping said disputes among countries “need to be handled through dialogue and cooperation” and urged world leaders to eschew “confrontation and exclusion”.

Addressing the high-level 76th UN General assembly, President Xi, via a video link, said that the world needs to advocate peace, development, equity, justice, democracy, and freedom, which are the common values of humanity, and reject the practice of forming small circles or zero-sum games.

“Differences and problems among countries, hardly avoidable, need to be handled through dialogue and cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual respect. One country’s success does not have to mean another country’s failure, and the world is big enough to accommodate common development and progress of all countries,” he said.

Xi’s comments came hours after US President Joe Biden said he did not have any intention of starting a “new Cold War” with China.

In an apparent reference to two-decades-old US intervention in Afghanistan which ended last month with the Taliban taking over power in Kabul, he said military intervention from the outside and so-called democratic transformation entail nothing but harm.

Xi said that China has never and will never invade or bully others, or seek hegemony.

The President said that China will firmly oppose any political maneuvering in global Covid-19 origins tracing and continue to engage in global science-based coronavirus origins tracing.

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