Apr 21, 2022 2:54 p.m
In his opening speech at the Asian Economic Forum in Boao, China’s president called for a move away from the “Cold War mentality.” All countries in the world are in the same boat and no one should be “thrown overboard,” said Xi Jinping.
Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the annual Asian Economic Forum in Boao, southern China, with a video address on Thursday. In it, he stated that China opposes the abuse of unilateral sanctions and will not be guided by double standards in international affairs:
“It has been proven time and time again that a Cold War mentality can only destroy the global peace fabric, that hegemonism and power politics only endanger world peace, and that bloc confrontations only exacerbate security challenges.”
As alternative principles of international cooperation, China’s president proposed non-interference in internal affairs and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, among others. The establishment of an effective and sustainable global security structure is not possible at the expense of the security of other countries. Disputes should be resolved peacefully, while double standards and abuse of unilateral sanctions should be rejected.
In this context, Xi called for more international cooperation in the face of global challenges such as terrorism and climate change. All countries in the world are in the same boat and must work together “to sail through the storm toward a bright future,” said China’s president. The thought of “throwing someone overboard” is unacceptable. The international community has become a “complicated mechanism” and none of its parts can be removed without negative consequences for all. Xi concluded:
In today’s world, one-sidedness and excessive self-interest are doomed to failure.
According to Xi, larger countries must set an example by following principles of equality and cooperation. He assured that China will always adhere to these principles and contribute to building world peace and maintaining international order.
In particular, China’s head of state emphasized his country’s commitment to peace and economic cooperation in Asia. China will continue to uphold the principles of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. Regardless of their size and strength, all countries should “follow the path of peace and development”.
The international forum has been held regularly in the city of Boao on the Chinese island of Hainan since 2001. It has 29 participating countries from the Asia-Pacific region and is considered the Far Eastern counterpart of the World Economic Forum in Davos. This year the forum will take place online due to the corona virus. This year’s opening ceremony was attended not only by representatives of the People’s Republic of China, but also by the presidents of Israel, Nepal, Mongolia and the Philippines, the heads of government of Kazakhstan and Laos, and the Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva.
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