Chinese president Xi Jinping at the General Debate of The United Nations General Assembly Credit: Twitter Image

Guwahati: Chinese president Xi Jinping has said while addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that Beijing has no intention to fight either a “cold war” or “hot war” with any country and also that China will never seek hegemony, expansion or sphere of influence.

“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.

In the backdrop of tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China, Xi added, “We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation.”

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Xi also stated in his video message during the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly that his country will open up to other nations to push towards development and growth.

“Rather, we aim to foster, over time, a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other. This will create more space for China’s economic development and add impetus to global economic recovery and growth,” he said.

The president of the Communist country also discussed about the COVID-19 pandemic and the international criticism that his country faces over allegations of suppressing the details of 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 stigmatisation must be rejected,” Xi said.

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Earlier on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump accused China for the outbreak of coronavirus throughout the world at the UNGA. He demanded that for it be held accountable for “unleashing this plague onto the world.”

“The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization — which is virtually controlled by China — falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” Trump said.

“Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease. The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” he added.

Xi in his address further emphasised that no nation can benefit from others’ troubles or achieve anything by taking advantage of others’ difficulties.

“To pursue a beggar-thy-neighbor policy or just watch from a safe distance when others are in danger will eventually land one in the same trouble faced by others,” he said.

Covid-19 will not be the last global crisis, so all countries must join hands, urged Xi to the world leaders at UNGA meet.

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