Comments by Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of an upcoming summit with US counterpart Joe Biden.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned of a resumption of Cold War tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, and has called for an international agreement ahead of a meeting with US counterpart Joe Biden, which is expected next week.
In his remarks Thursday at a business conference ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in New Zealand, Xi called for co-operation against common challenges, including climate change and the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Attempts to draw lines of thought or to create small circles for political reasons cannot be thwarted,” he said.
“The Asia-Pacific region cannot and should not return to the fight against the fragmentation of the Cold War.”
The Chinese president called for co-operation to make the COVID-19 vaccine available in developing countries.
“We need to interpret the agreement that vaccines are a good job for people all over the world to ensure that they are distributed fairly and equitably,” he said.
Xi’s comments come as a result of several US media outlets reports that he and Biden will have a major meeting next week.
The US and China also on Wednesday announced a buy more agreement on climate change at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.
The climate agreement “shows that the United States and China can agree on the issues that go through some of the conflict,” Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission on the European Green Deal, told Al Jazeera.
Tensions are running high between the two countries, with China condemning the recent visit of US lawmakers to Taiwan as “.gross violation“. Beijing, a former gymnasium near the island, claims Taiwan is his.
The US, like many countries, changed the status quo from the government that was expelled from Taipei to the People’s Republic of China in Beijing in 1979 but retains the principles of “intellectual dissent” with the island under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.
Washington has repeatedly said it supports Taiwan’s defense and opposes “any change that exists”.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that the US and its allies would “take action” against China if it attempted to seize Taiwan by force. He did not elaborate on the details of the procedure.
“There are many countries – in the region and beyond – that would see any connection to use force to disrupt the situation as a serious threat to peace and security, and they too will take action if it happens.” Blinken said.
The US angered China in September when it announced a security agreement and the UK and Australia to help Australian troops acquire nuclear weapons.
Beijing has also rejected Biden’s attempts to strengthen Quad’s alliance with India, Australia and Japan in the Indo-Pacific. The White House held a meeting with Quad leaders in September.
China criticized the conference, call for cooperation “only” and “to fail”.