Xi hits out at ‘acts of suppression, confrontation'
The Straits Times|January 18, 2022
Chinese leader warns US and its allies against hegemony and bullying at WEF conference
Tan Dawn Wei

China’s President Xi Jinping has warned the United States and its allies against hegemony and bullying, as friction continues to overshadow relations between the two great global powers.

Mr Xi criticised “acts of containment, suppression and confrontation”, saying they would invite “catastrophic consequences” and do harm to world peace and security.

The warning was delivered yesterday at the opening of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Davos Agenda online conference, which Mr Xi once again used as a platform to speak against protectionism and what he described as a polarisation of the world, even as China is also increasingly looking inwards.

Without naming the US, he urged the world superpower to “discard the Cold War mentality” and seek peaceful coexistence.

“Our world today is far from being tranquil. Rhetoric that stokes hatred and prejudice abounds,” he said in a half-hour virtual address.

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