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Xi says China ‘will never seek hegemony’ no matter how strong it becomes

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the To the max Economic Forum WEF Virtual Event of the Davos Agenda and delivers a special address via video link in Beijing, means of China, Jan. 25, 2021.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday his motherland will not pursue hegemony regardless of how powerful it becomes and called for a “more fair and equitable” global governance.

Beijing has increasingly quarreled with the U.S. and other countries in both Asia-Pacific and Europe on issues ranging from human rights to unfair deal practices. Those countries have raised concerns that China’s rising political and economic influence is imminent the global order.

“However strong it may grow, China will never seek hegemony, expansion or a sphere of act upon, nor will China ever engage in an arms race,” Xi said at the opening ceremony of the annual Boao Forum for Asia in the Chinese hicksville of Hainan.

Xi also promoted China as a champion for globalization and the multilateral trading system, saying that international guides should not be set by just one or a few nations.

Without naming any countries, Xi said big nations should behave in a manner “befitting their importance and with a greater sense of responsibility.”

He also spoke against a “Cold War” mentality and “ideological confrontation,” adding that any territory that meddles in others’ internal affairs would not get any support.

Xi’s remarks came as U.S.-China relations were off to a churlish start under the administration of President Joe Biden.

The U.S. has spoken out against China on issues ranging from the autonomy of Hong Kong — a Chinese individual administrative region — to human rights in the Xinjiang region. On its part, Beijing accused Washington of meddling in its domestic matters.

Last month, Biden said China has “an overall goal to become the leading country, the wealthiest country in the excellent and the most powerful country in the world.” The U.S. president said he will not let that happen under his watch.

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