President Xi Jinping gave a robust defense of China's ambitions Tuesday in a speech to the United Nations, warning against the perils of a "clash of civilizations" during a pandemic that has ripped through the world.
"Those who attack America's exceptional environmental record while ignoring China's rampant pollution are not interested in the environment, he said".
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the 193-member General Assembly earlier on Tuesday that everything must be done to avoid a new Cold War, warning that "we are moving in a very risky direction".
"Relations among countries and coordination of their interests must only be based on rules and institutions; they must not be lorded over by those who wave a strong fist at others", Xi said.
The world must "oppose politicization and stigmatization" over Covid-19, Xi said in the pre-recorded address, urging world leaders to embrace the "concept of a big family... and avoid falling into the trap of a clash of civilizations".
China's envoy Zhang Jun issued a statement in response to Trump's remarks, accusing the United States of "abusing the platform of the United Nations to provoke confrontation and create division".
Richard Black, director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), said that while precise details of China's 2060 climate neutrality pledge remain scant at present, the country's promise to end its contribution to climate change "looks like a very significant step forward".
"We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War", Guterres said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said the nation will keep trying to resolve disputes through dialogue
Addressing the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, he said, "We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation". "Burying one's head in the sand like an ostrich in the face of economic globalization or trying to fight it with Don Quixote's lance goes against the trend of history". But just in case anyone missed the point, he added, "Let this be clear: The world will never return to isolation, and no one can sever the ties between countries".
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There's outrage over China's severe restriction of civil rights in Hong Kong following its imposition on the semi-autonomous city of a sweeping national security law, and over widespread accusations of mass detentions and cultural genocide against Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
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"Trump has continued his policy of angry unilateralism by "taking aim" at China in his speech", Ms Dennison said, adding that the president has "broken European citizens' trust in the US". Instead, the meetings were held virtually, as the COVID-19 pandemic has closed borders and restricted travel around the world. "That's okay. That's what you should be doing", Trump said toward the end of his speech. "We have to learn to live with the virus".
Earlier, US President Donald Trump blasted China on Tuesday for "unleashing" the plague of the "China virus" onto the world, demanding that the United Nations must hold Beijing accountable for failing to contain the coronavirus that has killed almost one million people across the world, including 200,000 Americans.
China has portrayed itself as the chief cheerleader for multilateralism as Trump's disregard for worldwide cooperation has led to Washington quitting global deals on climate and Iran and leaving the UN Human Rights Council as well as the WHO.
Alongside Trump and Xi, there will also be speeches from President Emmanuel Macron of France, Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro and President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation.