Xi promises China will be champion of world peace

World | REUTERS 26 Oct 2021

President Xi Jinping vowed yesterday that China would always uphold world peace and international rules amid concerns being expressed by the United States and other nations over Beijing's increasing assertiveness.

The comments also followed Taipei saying that military tension with Beijing was at its worst in more than 40 years amid mounting worries the mainland could try to take by military force the self-ruled island.

In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of Bejing's return to the United Nations, Xi said it would always be the "builder of world peace" and a "protector of international order."

Xi also said "China resolutely opposes all forms of hegemony and power politics, unilateralism and protectionism" as he called 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 the phrase the "common values of all mankind" he first used in a July speech for the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party.

In 1971, the United Nations voted to recognize the People's Republic of China as the sole representative of China, expelling Taiwan, which had held the UN seat in the name of the Republic of China.

In Taipei, meanwhile, the foreign ministry reiterated a call for the United Nations to allow its "meaningful participation" in international matters, including in the World Health Organization.

The ministry also called on the United Nations "not to repeatedly succumb to the political pressure of the Chinese government."

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