BOAO, China: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for a rejection of hegemonic power structures in global governance, amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over a widening range of issues including alleged human rights abuses.
Speaking at the annual Boao Forum for Asia, Xi criticised efforts by some countries to “build barriers” and “decouple”, which he said would harm others and benefit no one.
China has long called for reforms of the global governance system to better reflect a more diverse range of perspectives and values from the international community, including its own, instead of those of a few major nations.
It has also repeatedly clashed with the biggest stakeholders in world governance, particularly the United States, over a range of issues from human rights to China s economic influence over other countries.
“The world wants justice, not hegemony,” Xi said in remarks broadcast to the forum.
“A big country should look like a big country by showing that it is shouldering more responsibility,” he said.
While Xi did not identify any country in his remarks, Chinese officials have in recent times referred to U.S. “hegemony” in public criticisms of Washington s global projection of power in trade and geopolitics.
On Friday, U.S. President Joe Biden held his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office, in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in which China topped the agenda.
Both leaders stated that they “feel serious concerns” about the human rights situation in Hong Kong and China’s Xinjiang region. Washington has stated in the area that Beijing is genocide of Muslim Uighurs. China denies any abuse.
Biden said that Japan and the United States will jointly invest in 5G technology, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, genomics, and semiconductor supply chains to show economic cooperation that excludes China.
As the Biden administration unites other democratic allies to strengthen its stance on China, Beijing is seeking to strengthen ties with its autocratic partners and economically dependent neighbors in Southeast Asia.
At the Boao Forum, the Asian answer to Davos was the Chinese speaker and affirmed Beijing’s commitment to global free trade.
China s trade practices were a focus of an intense tariff war between Beijing and Washington under the Trump administration, with the United States accusing Beijing of unfair subsidiaries that give Chinese companies unfair advantage abroad and forced transfers of technology and intellectual property.
“The biggest experience that China s accession to the World Trade Organization 20 years ago is that we Chinese are not afraid of competition,” Long Yongtu�