Global affairs can’t be decided by few, governance to be more fair, says China’s Xi Jinping at Boao Forum

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BOAO – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday (April 20) urged countries to work together, saying global affairs cannot be decided by just a few countries.

Speaking virtually at the Boao Forum in Hainan, Mr Xi said there is no place for unilateralism or hegemony, calling on the world to reject a “Cold War mentality”.

“Bossing others around and meddling in others internal affairs will not get one any support,” he said in his keynote speech. “The world wants justice, not hegemony.”

China and the United States have been locked in confrontation over a range of issues from trade to technology, and even Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Washington has sanctioned a raft of Chinese officials for human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and has blacklisted a number of Chinese tech companies for what it says are threats to national security. 

Mr Xi was speaking to over 2,000 officials and business executives attending the conference in person in the southern island province of Hainan.

Several global leaders and heads of international organisations are also set to address the session, including Singapore President Halimah Yacob.

The world needs to focus on green development, Mr Xi said, calling on foreign leaders to “do more on climate change” and to fulfil the Paris Agreement.

However, he did not announce any specific goals ahead of a special climate change summit US President Joe Biden is set to host later this week.

The United States and China last week committed to work together to tackle the threat of climate change after meetings between Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and his US counterpart John Kerry in Shanghai.

After the coronavirus forced a hiatus last year, this year’s event is a far more muted affair with strict virus control measures, and most foreign delegates taking part virtually.

With the resumption while the pandemic continues to rage worldwide, China is signalling it is open for business.

Officials have previously used the event for policy announcements, including major steps to open up the financial system.