Nations should cooperate extra intently in preventing the challenges of the pandemic and local weather change and in supporting a sustainable world financial restoration, Chinese language President Xi Jinping stated Monday in an tackle to the World Financial Discussion board.

“Humanity has solely Earth and one future,” Xi stated in remarks from Beijing to a digital gathering that’s happening in lieu of the annual in-person conferences in Davos, Switzerland, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

“Combating the pandemic is probably the most pressing activity going through the worldwide group,” Xi stated, in urging that international locations cooperate to beat the illness, which first was reported within the central Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan simply over a 12 months in the past.

“Specifically, we should always strengthen cooperation in vaccine analysis and growth, manufacturing and distribution, in order that vaccines can actually grow to be a public good which are accessible and inexpensive to folks in all international locations,” he stated.

A lot of what the Chinese language chief stated was a reiteration of Beijing’s normal stance on points akin to closing the hole between rich and creating nations, and warning that international locations mustn’t meddle in different international locations’ affairs.

Whereas Xi didn’t point out current U.S. insurance policies instantly, he did name for sticking to guidelines, embracing range and avoiding confrontations over commerce and know-how.

Relations between the U.S. and China have sunk to their worst in a long time as former President Donald Trump imposed punitive tariffs and different sanctions to attempt to acquire concessions on commerce and counter perennial commerce deficits.

“We should always advocate truthful competitors, like competing with one another for excellence in a racing area, not beating one another on a wrestling enviornment,” Xi stated.

“To interact in cliques, a brand new Chilly Conflict, exclusion, threats and intimidation in opposition to others, to warn of decoupling, chopping off provides, sanctions at each flip . . . can solely drive the world to division and even battle,” he stated.

“A divided world can’t sort out the widespread challenges going through humanity, and confrontation will lead humanity to a useless finish,” Xi stated.

Simply days after his inauguration, President Joe Biden has but to set out his administration’s personal insurance policies on commerce with China, although he’s adopting a extra standard method than Trump’s “America First” stance in dealing with world points such because the pandemic and world warming. Few consultants count on Biden to considerably soften the U.S. stance on commerce and know-how given longstanding friction over a variety of points, together with human rights.

Xi stated international locations want to raised coordinate their financial insurance policies, keep away from protectionism and different limitations to commerce and cooperation to assist a worldwide financial restoration and make sure the stability of world monetary techniques.

“Regardless of trillions of {dollars} international locations world wide rolled out in financial cures, the momentum of the worldwide financial restoration stays very unstable, and there’s nice uncertainty concerning the outlook,” Xi stated.

Different leaders anticipated to deal with the digital discussion board embrace Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The discussion board has stated it plans to carry its annual assembly in individual in Could in Singapore.


AP producer Liu Zheng in Beijing contributed to this report.