Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday delivered a speech via video link at the Davos Agenda event of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The Chinese president called for efforts to uphold multilateralism, saying global problems must be solved by global action, global response and global cooperation.
Here are some key quotes from President Xi’s speech:
“We remain convinced that winter cannot stop the arrival of spring and darkness can never shroud the light of dawn. There is no doubt that humanity will prevail over the virus and emerge even stronger from this disaster.”
“Difference in itself is no cause for alarm. What does ring the alarm is arrogance, prejudice and hatred; it is the attempt to impose hierarchy on human civilization or to force one’s own history, culture and social system upon others.”
“No global problem can be solved by any one country alone. There must be global action, global response and global cooperation.”
“To build smalt circles or start a new Cold War, to reject, threaten or intimidate others, to wilfully impose decoupling, supply disruption or sanctions, and to create isolation or estrangement will only push the world into division and even confrontation.”
“State-to-state relations should be coordinated and regulated through proper institutions and rules. The strong should not bully the weak. Decision should not be made by simply showing off strong muscles or waving a big fist. Multilateralism should not be used as pretext for acts of unilateralism.”
“We should advocate fair competition, like competing with each other for excellence in a racing field, not beating each other on a wrestling arena.”
“We have been shown time and again that to beggar thy neighbour, to go it alone and to slip into arrogant isolation will always fail.”