Chinese President Xi Jinping says China will always maintain world peace and international rules in the wake of growing concerns from the United States and its allies, including Australia, about its growing global assertion.
- Xi Jinping made the remarks during a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, represented at the UN
- The Chinese president says the international community must work together to tackle issues including terrorism and climate change
- Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry reiterated its call for the UN to allow its “meaningful participation” rather than being represented by the People’s Republic
Mr Xi’s comments come after Taiwan said this month that military tensions with China had been at their worst for more than 40 years, amid growing concerns that the giant neighbor might take back the autonomous island with military force. which it claims to be its own.
In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of China’s return to the United Nations, Xi said it would always be a “builder of world peace” and a “protector of international order,” state news agency Xinhua said.
“China resolutely opposes all forms of hegemony and power politics, unilateralism and protectionism,” he said.
He also called for greater global cooperation on issues such as regional conflicts, terrorism, climate change, cyber security and biosecurity.
Xi called on all countries to promote the values of peace, development, justice, democracy, freedom by using the phrase “the common values of all mankind”, which he invented in a speech in July to the 100th anniversary of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
In 1971, the UN voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China as the sole representative of China, and Taiwan, which had held the UN seat in the name of the Republic of China, dismissed its official title.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry reiterated its call for the UN to allow its “meaningful participation”, adding that the island had never been part of the People’s Republic and that its government had no right to represent the island’s people.
The ministry called on the United Nations to “not repeatedly succumb to the political pressure of the Chinese government”.
Apart from tensions with Taiwan, China has been more confident in demanding disputed territory on the border of the Himalayas with India and for parts of the South China Sea disputed with some Southeast Asian nations and over some islands in the eastern China Sea disputed with Japan .
Xi said that reforms on global governance are necessary and that international rules should be decided by all 193 members of the United Nations instead of “certain countries or groups of countries”.
He also said that all countries must always comply with international rules and not only when the rules suit them.