President Xi Jinping defended China’s ambitions Tuesday in a speech to the UN, warning against the danger of a “clash of civilizations."
In a prerecorded address Xi said that the world must "oppose politicization and stigmatization" over the pandemic, urging global leaders to embrace the "concept of a big family ... and avoid falling into the trap of a clash of civilizations."
The U.S. and China have seen tensions rise over a plethora of issues: the origins of the coronavirus, trade and tech dominance, security, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as well as the long-disputed South China Sea.
The U.S. has also called China out over its ambitions to control the strategically pivotal South China Sea as well as for its bid to crush democracy movements in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Xi reassured world leaders his country had no desire for “hegemony, expansion or sphere of influence," The Guardian reported.
“China has no intention to enter a Cold War with any country,” he said, insisting Beijing is instead a bulwark of international systems such as the World Trade Organization and a willing partner in the face of diplomatic spats.
“We insist on dialogue to bridge differences and negotiation to resolve disputes,” Xi added.
Xi urged the world to "join hands to uphold the values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom shared by all of us."
However, as Anewspost reported, China's military has painted a much different picture releasing several frightening videos aimed at the U.S. More recently, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force published a video of nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated attack on Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam.
That isn't the first video release that seems aimed at the U.S. either. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has previously published a video on social media showing Hong Kong air defense drills as Anewspost reported.
This also follows an incident last month when Chinese military drills were disrupted by the U.S. and China responded firing two medium-range “ship killer” projectiles into the South China Sea as a warning.
The PLA has been increasing the number of military drills across East Asia as relations with the U.S continue to deteriorate. This comes after two American aircraft carriers held an unusual exercise in the South China Sea in July. As well as after a mysterious visit to Taiwan by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
Upon Azar’s visit to Taiwan, Chinese state media angrily threatened to retaliate by holding live-fire missile drills near Taiwan and Guam.
China eported.and threatens to use military force to bring under its control the island that is a self-governing democracy and close U.S. ally, CBS r
Trump also made a speech at the UN virtually, the U.S. President stated the UN "must hold China accountable for their actions," before listing a litany of alleged crimes by Beijing.
Trump's remarks sparked an angry response from China's ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, who called Washington's handling of the coronavirus a "complete failure," and said, "it's really time for some US politicians to wake up from their self-created illusions." Zhang added the U.S. "may wish to be great, but to be great you have to behave like a leader."
Zhang further stated:
"China firmly rejects and opposes the groundless accusations made by the United States against China during the General Debate on 22 September,” Zhang said.
Although Xi's speech seemed to indicate that China wanted peace and would not further aggression, past speeches tell a different tale. Last year, China’s President Xi Jinping ordered the Chinese armed forces People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to enhance their combat readiness to safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests after the U.S. had issued a travel warning to China stating Americans were at risk to arbitrary and indefinite detention.
“The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development, Xi said, to the Central Military Commission (CMC) warning that various risks and challenges were on the rise. The entire armed forces should have a correct understanding of China’s security and development trends, enhance their awareness of danger, crisis and war, and make solid efforts on combat preparations in order to accomplish the tasks assigned by the Party and the people,” Xi added according to a press release.
Beijing’s state media has previously warned any attempt to prevent China from accessing its interests in the region of the South China Sea could risk sparking a “large-scale war.”
Trump recently promised to “decouple” the U.S. from China, while threatening to block companies who outsource jobs to China from receiving federal contracts. China has threatened to kill the TikTok deal organized by Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc. with the entity TikTtok Global.
The UN chief Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the tensions between the U.S. and China were moving in a dangerous direction that could fracture the world and turn into a military conflict.
"We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War," Guterres said. "We are moving in a very dangerous direction." He added, "Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a great fracture. A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs," Guterres said.
Guterres isn't the only political official to warn about increasing tensions with China becoming a hot conflict. A top Republican lawmaker Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) who sits on the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation recently predicted that an armed war with China was imminent.
“I would predict there will be a clash within the next three to six months,” Yoho told the Washington Examiner.
The Florida Republican predicted that armed conflict will be triggered by a Chinese naval attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which often commands a strong presence in the South China Sea, as Anewspost reported.
For now, it's just a trade and tech cold war with each country taking its shot with sanctions, blockades of technology companies, and manufacturing. But this exchange of words can quickly turn into a heated conflict, which will only harm each countries citizenry and divide the rest of the world as UN Chief Guterres warned.