Xi Jinping at UNGA: No intention to fight hot or cold war

By The SATimes News Service

United Nations: Addressing the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that Beijing has no intention to fight either a “Cold War” or a “hot war” with any country.

Stressing that the Asian giant will never seek hegemony, or expansion, Xi stressed that the country will continue to narrow the differences and resolve disputes with others through talks.

“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 said in a pre-recorded video message to the UN meeting.

Xi’s comments came in the backdrop of the tense military standoff between Chinese and Indian armies in eastern Ladakh for over four months.

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 stigmatization must be rejected,” Xi said.

US President Donald Trump had lashed out against China demanding that the UN should hold Beijing responsible for the consequences of unleashing the plague of COVID-19 on the world.

“The Chinese government and the WHO falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease.”

“The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” he declared.

Xi urged the countries to not “politicize the fight against Covid-19”.

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