The Chinese president said Beijing will not allow any country to control the destiny of others and act like a “boss of the world,” state-run media reported on Tuesday.
Speaking at a high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN, President Xi Jinping said no country has the right to dominate global affairs, control the destiny of others, or keep advantages in development all to itself, according to daily Global Times.
“Even less should one be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully or boss of the world,” the newspaper quoted Xi as saying without naming any country, though apparently referring to the US as relations between the two economic giants are at a historic low currently.
Calling for increased representation of developing countries in the UN, he stressed that the world’s largest organization should uphold the rule of law.
“They must not be lorded over by those who wave a strong fist at others,” Xi said.
He added that relations among countries and the coordination of their interests must only be based on rules and institutions.
Xi also emphasized that the major countries in the world should lead by example in advocating and upholding the international rule of law and in honoring their commitments.
“There must be no practice of exceptionalism or double standards, nor should international law be distorted and used as a pretext to undermine other countries’ legitimate rights and interests or world peace and stability,” the president said.
He stressed that the UN must promote cooperation as “Cold War mentality, ideological lines or zero-sum game are no solution to a country’s own problems, still less an answer to mankind’s common challenges”.
“To put into practice the principle of multilateralism, we must act, not just talk, there must be a cure, not just a therapy,” he added.
He lauded the role of the UN and its 75-year journey, saying his country firmly defended the central role of the UN in international affairs.
*Writing by Islamuddin Sajid
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