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Asia Must Not Become Arena For “Big Power Contest,” Says Xi Jinping

Bangkok [Thailand]: China’s President Xi Jinping warned against Cold War tensions in Asia and stressed the need to reject confrontation in the region ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok.

Xi began the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Bangkok by staking out his wish for China to be viewed as a driver of regional unity in a written speech released ahead of Friday’s opening day – which also appeared to make veiled jabs at the United States, reported CNN. Xi’s remarks were an apparent reference to US efforts with regional allies and partners to blunt what they see as China’s growing coercive economic and military influence.

The Asia-Pacific region is “no one’s backyard” and should not become “an arena for big power contest,” Xi said in the statement, in which he also decried “any attempt to politicise and weaponise economic and trade relations.”

“No attempt to wage a new cold war will ever be allowed by the people or by our times,” he added in the remarks, which were addressed to business leaders meeting alongside the summit and did not name the US, reported CNN.

Relations between the world’s two largest economies have grown strained in recent years over issues like tariffs, Taiwan, intellectual property, the removal of Hong Kong’s autonomy and disputes over the South China Sea, among others.

Xi struck a milder tone in a separate address to APEC leaders as the main event got underway, calling for stability, peace and the development of a “more just world order.”

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