Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is facing fierce U.S. scrutiny over how his country handled its response to the virus, told the 75th gathering of the assembly Tuesday that his country wants to help the world recover and has no intention of global dominance.
“We will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence,” Xi said. “We have no intention to fight either a Cold War or a hot one with any country. We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue.” The Chinese leader added, “China will continue to work as a builder of global peace.”
Xi emphasized his belief that no single country will prevail over the virus alone and said that “humanity will win this battle.” He also touted the World Health Organization, which Trump trashed just minutes before as being “virtually controlled” by the Chinese government.
Trump has also vowed to pull the United States from the WHO. “Facing the virus, we should enhance solidarity and get through this 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,” Xi said. “Any attempt of politicizing the issue or stigmatization must be rejected. No country can gain from others’ difficulties or maintain stability by taking advantage of others’ troubles,” he added.
Trump’s speech to the U.N. was notably shorter than Xi’s and laid out an “America First” vision that stood in direct contrast to Xi, who called globalization an “indisputable reality” and warned countries against “burying one’s head in the sand like an ostrich.”