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Confrontation in international politics will lead to catastrophe, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned in an address at the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday.
“We need to discard the Cold War mentality and seek peaceful coexistence,” Xi said at the start of the event, which is being held online for the second year in a row.
“History has proven time and again that confrontation does not solve problems but invites catastrophic consequences,” he added.
Xi cautioned against protectionism, unilateralism and power politics, a reference China usually aims at the United States.
And he also warned about “small exclusive circles” or policies based on blocs that polarise the world, in apparent reference to alliances to counter China being promoted in Europe and Asia by US President Joe Biden.
Without mentioning the US by name, Xi criticised expanding the concept of national security to hold back economic and technological progress made by other countries.
Xi said that economic, scientific and technological issues were being politicised or used as weapons.
This undermined efforts to tackle common challenges, he said, pleading for “genuine multilateralism.” Xi warned that the world’s major economic powers should not “slam on the brakes or make a U-turn in monetary policies” to counter the effects of the pandemic.
“There will be serious negative spill-over,” he said, with developing countries bearing the main burden.
He called for solidarity and cooperation of the international community amid a global crisis, saying that “small boats may not survive a storm, but a giant ship is strong enough to brave a storm.”
“Facts have shown once again that amidst the raging torrents of a global crisis, countries are not riding separately in some 190 small boats, but are rather all in a giant ship on which our shared destiny hinges,” Xi said.
The Chinese President said that different countries and civilisations may prosper together on the basis of respect for each other, and seek common ground and win-win outcomes by setting aside differences.
The right way forward for humanity is peaceful development and win-win cooperation, Xi said.
Xi called for following the trend of history, working for a stable international order, advocating common values of humanity, and building a community with a shared future for mankind.
“We should choose dialogue over confrontation, inclusiveness over exclusion, and stand against all forms of unilateralism, protectionism, hegemony or power politics,” Xi said.
No “countercurrents” could stop the trend of economic globalisation, he said. “Economic globalisation is the trend of the times. Though countercurrents are sure to exist in a river, none could stop it from flowing to the sea,” Xi said.
“Driving forces bolster the river’s momentum, and resistance may yet enhance its flow. Despite the countercurrents and dangerous shoals along the way, economic globalisation has never and will not veer off course,” he said.
“Countries around the world should uphold true multilateralism,” Xi said.
“We should remove barriers, not erect walls. We should open up, not close off. We should seek integration, not decoupling. This is the way to build an open world economy.”
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