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China’s Xi warns of ‘Cold War-era’ tensions in Asia-Pacific

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Wellington: Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on Thursday that the Asia-Pacific region should not return to the tensions of the Cold War era and urged greater cooperation on pandemic recovery and climate change.

In the increasingly tense relationship with the United States over the Taiwan issue, the unexpected agreement between Beijing and Washington on the climate issue partially offset this. Xi Jinping said that all countries in the region must work together to deal with common challenges.

“Attempts to draw ideological lines or form small circles on geo-political grounds are bound to fail,” he told a virtual business conference on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

“The Asia-Pacific region cannot and should not relapse into the confrontation and division of the Cold War era.”

The Chinese leader called for a joint effort to close the “immunisation gap”, making Covid-19 vaccines more accessible to developing nations.

“We should translate consensus that vaccines are a global public good into concrete actions to ensure their fair and equitable distribution,” he told the New Zealand-hosted summit.

Xi said countries should step up cooperation in research, production, testing, and mutual recognition of vaccines, “to emerge from the shadow of the pandemic and achieve steady economic recovery at an early date”.

China said on Wednesday that it had reached an understanding with the United States at the climate change summit in Glasgow, which is a key area where the Biden administration believes there is potential for cooperation.

Xi Jinping did not directly mention the US agreement, but said that “all of us can embark on the path of green, low-carbon and sustainable development.”

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