BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged that China will always maintain world peace and international rules, amid concerns expressed by the United States and other countries over the growing assertion of the nation in the world.
The comments come after Taiwan this month said military tension with China was at its worst in more than 40 years, as the neighboring giant may try to take military force back to the autonomous island it claims like his.
In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of China’s return to the United Nations, Xi said she will always be the “builder of world peace” and a “protector of international order,” the news agency reported. of State Xinhua.
In 1971, the United Nations voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China as China’s sole representative, expelling Taiwan from the world organization.
China has also asserted more assertively its claims over disputed territory on its Himalayan border with India and over disputed stretches of the South China Sea with some Southeast Asian nations and on some islands in the South China Sea. East China Sea disputed with Japan.
“China resolutely opposes all forms of hegemony and power politics, unilateralism and protectionism,” Xi said, calling for greater global cooperation on issues such as regional conflicts, terrorism, climate change, cybersecurity and biosecurity.
He urged all countries to promote the values of peace, development, justice, democracy, freedom, using an expression of the “common values of all mankind” which he coined and mentioned for the first time in a July speech for the 100th anniversary of China’s ruling in power. Communist Party.
Xi said reforms in global governance are needed and international rules should be decided by the 193 members of the United Nations, rather than “certain countries or groups of countries,” making a veiled criticism of the United States for having exercised a dominant influence on international institutions.
He also said all countries should always abide by international rules, and not just when the rules suit them.
Reporting by Yew Lun Tian Editing by Clarence Fernandez & Simon Cameron_Moore
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