In a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that a global confrontation between the major powers could have “catastrophic consequences.”
The Davos Forum, long considered a meeting place for business and political and civil society leaders, is being held online due to the Kovit-19 epidemic.
In 2017, at a time when Donald Trump’s coming to power in the United States raised fears, it unexpectedly created itself as a testament to free trade and globalization, causing a stir among the number one-ranked Chinese in Davos.
On Monday, Xi Jinping once again presented himself as a defender of pluralism and warned against global tensions.
“History has repeatedly shown that conflict does not solve problems, it only leads to catastrophic consequences,” Xi said in his official speech.
The strong man from Beijing does not mention the best American rival.
“Our world today is not peaceful. There are a lot of rhetoric that incites hatred and prejudice, ”said Xi Jinping, without elaborating.
China, the world’s leading trading power, is promoting new regional free trade agreements and launching “new silk roads” around the Eurasian continent.
However, the country is immediately blamed by the European Union (EU) and the United States – its two main trading partners – for protectionist measures that impose fines on imported products and restrict access to foreign companies.