‘The Asia-Pacific region should not revert to the Cold War era,’ said Xi Jinping during the APEC summit.

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President Xi Jinping of China says the Asia-Pacific region must avoid resuming Cold War hostilities.

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against rekindling the past in a speech to a business roundtable on the sidelines of the APEC summit.

In a pre-recorded video aired to the APEC chief executives meeting, he said, “Attempts to draw ideological borders or establish narrow rings on geopolitical grounds are certain to fail.”

 

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

The comments come as China has come head to head with Asian countries, Australia, and the US, as it looks to expand its influence in the region.

However, Xi also affirmed China’s support for free trade, measures to tackle climate change, and cooperation to combat the Covid pandemic, which he called a “once in a century test that is crucial to the future of humanity”.

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He said China would continue to open up its economy to foreign businesses with fair and equal treatment while putting environmental, climate, and innovation to the fore.

“We in the Asia-Pacific should make this post-pandemic recovery a green one and take the lead in making a science-based response to climate change.”

Shortly after Xi’s speech came the announcement that the US and China had made a joint declaration at the COP26 climate change conference to work together to achieve the 1.5C temperature goal.

APEC is being hosted by New Zealand, with all events taking place virtually.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened the chief executive gathering saying the health of people was intrinsically linked to economic health, and APEC members had rejected protectionism, and was taking concrete steps to end fossil fuel subsidies.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opens APEC. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

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