Xi calls for Asian unity against foreigners; proposes global security initiative amid war in Ukraine


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday called on Asian nations to keep the region’s future in their own hands and proposed a global security initiative respecting the sovereignty of all countries amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in a veiled attack on US incursions into the region. with the Indo-Pacific strategy.

President Xi, speaking via video link at the opening ceremony of the 2022 annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia, presented a six-point proposal for global security that broadly confirms China’s position on Russia’s war against Ukraine to protect what Moscow declares its security interests against kyiv. join the NATO alliance.

China declined to condemn Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine and underscored Moscow’s concerns about NATO expansion threatening its security.

In his proposals, Xi said countries should respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, uphold non-interference in internal affairs, and respect the independent choices of development paths and social systems made by people. people from different countries.

“Countries must remain committed to taking seriously the legitimate security concerns of all countries, upholding the principle of indivisible security, building a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture, and opposing the pursuit of their own safety at the expense of the safety of others,” he said.

In addition, countries should commit to the peaceful resolution of disputes and differences between countries through dialogue and consultation, support all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of crises, reject double standards and oppose the use free from unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction, he added. said, in an apparent dig at the United States using sanctions as a weapon against other nations.

Counties must commit to maintaining security in traditional and non-traditional areas, and work together on regional disputes and global challenges such as terrorism, climate change, cybersecurity and biosecurity, he said. .

Countries around the world are like passengers on the same ship. For the ship to weather the storm and sail into a bright future, all passengers need to stick together, he said.

“The idea of ​​throwing someone overboard is just not acceptable,” Xi said.

He also called on Asian countries to follow the path of peace and development and seek win-win cooperation.

No matter their size and strength, countries inside and outside the region should add splendor rather than trouble to Asia, he said in a veiled attack on the United States. United galvanizing regional nations against Beijing’s aggressive expansion into the disputed South China Sea.

“Choosing dialogue and cooperation rather than zero-sum games, openness and inclusiveness rather than behind closed doors and exclusivity, exchanges and mutual learning rather than the feeling of superiority: this is the only choice worthy of open-minded Asians,” Xi said.

China has criticized the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy to assert freedom of navigation by opposing Beijing’s aggressive expansion in the disputed South China Sea.

Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counterclaims over the South China Sea.

China opposes the Quad alliance comprising the United States, India, Australia and Japan as well as the AUKUS alliance of the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom which, according to Beijing, aims to curb its rise.

“Nowadays, the international community has evolved so much that it has become a sophisticated and integrated apparatus,” Xi said.

Acts to remove a single room will cause serious problems to its operation, he said.

“When this happens, the victims and initiators of such acts will lose out,” he said.

He called for making Asia an anchor for world peace, an engine for global growth and a new engine for international cooperation.

It is particularly important for major countries to set an example in respecting equality, cooperation, good faith and the rule of law, and act in a manner befitting their status, the Chinese president added.

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