Jinping: We are not interested in ‘hot or cold war’, as Trump attacks China

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President Xi Jinping of China, on Tuesday, told the United Nations General Assembly that he had no intention to engage any country in “a cold or hot war”.

Jinping’s remark came amid rising tensions between China and the U,S., whose president, Donald Trump, attacked Beijing in his speech earlier.

“We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation.

“We will not seek to develop only ourselves or engage in zero sum game,” Jinping said in his pre-recorded video address to the virtual gathering of world leaders.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, had earlier in the day,  warned against a “new Cold War” between China and the U.S., saying the face-off between the two countries was moving the world in “a very dangerous direction”.

“Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a great fracture, each with its own trade and financial rules and internet and artificial intelligence capacities.

“A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs,” he said.

Relations between the U.S. and China – both nuclear-armed countries and veto power holders in the UN Security Council – have  deteriorated since 2019.

The Trump administration is accusing China of unfair trade practices, intellectual property theftq and cyber espionage – all of which Beijing has denied.

The situation had triggered a series of economic sanctions including visa restrictions and expulsions by Washington targeting Chinese government officials, companies, diplomats, and students.

China had retaliated in some cases, including the closure of the American consulate.

In his statement earlier at the Assembly, Trump, in his characteristic forthrightness, put China on the spot over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the environment.

“We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China,” Trump said.

He accused China of dumping “millions and millions of tons of plastic and trash into the oceans and overfishing other countries’ waters”.

“China’s carbon emissions are nearly twice what the U.S. has, and it is rising fast.

“Those who attack America’s exceptional environmental record while ignoring China’s rampant pollution are not interested in the environment.

“They only want to punish America and I will not stand for it,” he said.

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