President Xi takes swipe at US in UN anniversary speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed his country’s decades-long cooperation with the United Nations while hinting strongly at Beijing’s opposition to US moves to forge alliances to encircle China.

Xi addressed a conference marking the 50th anniversary of what Beijing refers to as the “restoration of the lawful seat of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations” on Monday.

The United Nations recognized the People’s Republic of China on October 25, 1971. The move resulted in Taiwan’s administration, then led by the Kuomintang party, losing its place in the world body.

In the speech delivered in Beijing, Xi noted that for the past 50 years, the Chinese people have upheld the authority and sanctity of the United Nations and practiced multilateralism. He went on to say that China’s cooperation with the United Nations had steadily deepened.

He noted that China has dispatched more than 50,000 personnel to take part in UN peacekeeping operations and is now the second-largest financial contributor to both the United Nations and UN peacekeeping operations.

At the same time, Xi said China will be firm in opposing all forms of hegemony and power politics, as well as all forms of unilateralism and protectionism.

He stressed his contention that international rules must be set by the 193 UN member states acting in unison, and not by individual countries or blocs. These comments are thought to be in reference to US efforts to hold China in check.

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