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Xi jinping attacks US in speech to political parties around the world

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday urged political parties around the world to oppose any country that engages in “technological lockdowns,” an allusion to the United States, which sees China as its strategic competitor.

While the administration of US President Joe Biden has sought support from like-minded democracies, including the European Union and Japan, to coordinate a tougher stance against China, Beijing has redoubled its efforts to seek support. and the affirmation of friendly countries such as North Korea and Serbia.

“Together, we must oppose all acts of unilateralism in the name of multilateralism, hegemony and the politics of power,” Xi said at a virtual meeting of representatives of 500 parties from 160 countries such as Russia, Zimbabwe, Cuba and Burkina Faso.

“Seen from a ‘My Country First’ perspective, the world is small and crowded, and often full of fierce competition,” Xi said in apparent reference to the ‘America First’ policy. former US President Donald Trump.

Xi reiterated his call to work to “build a community with a shared future for mankind” and said any country that engages in “technological blockages” and “development decoupling” should be rejected.

Chinese diplomats have often criticized the United States for allegedly trying to hinder China’s development by cutting off access to American technology.

In a speech to a nationwide audience last week in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, Xi said foreign forces attempting to intimidate China “will have their heads bloody against the Great Steel Wall forged by more than 1, 4 billion Chinese ”.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China, was speaking at the CCP and Global Political Parties Summit on Tuesday, one of several events held by Beijing to commemorate the ruling party’s centenary.

The virtual gathering aimed to help the international community “adapt more quickly to the rise of China” and enable Beijing to gain more “understanding, support and camaraderie,” said Guo Yezhou, vice-president. Minister of the International Department, who organized the event.

China is increasingly worried about its international image, tarnished by anger over its initial handling of the COVID-19 epidemic, its maritime and territorial assertion towards its neighbors, its crackdown in Hong Kong and the treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, and its “wolf-warrior” diplomats who wage a war of words with critics.

A survey of 17 advanced economies released last Wednesday by the US-based Pew Research Center showed opinions on China remained broadly negative and confidence in Xi is near its all-time low.

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