Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, 22 September said that China will never seek hegemony, expansion or sphere of influence, adding that Beijing has no intention to fight either a “Cold War” or a “hot war” with any country. With the ongoing tension between the militaries of India and China, in eastern Ladakh since last four-five months, the President of China asserted that China will continue to narrow the differences and resolve disputes with others through negotiations.

“We will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence. We have no intention to fight either a cold war or a hot war with any country. We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation,” Mr. Xi said in a pre-recorded video message to the UN meeting.

In response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on July 4 in Ladakh, where he said that “the era of expansionism is over and that the history is proof that ‘expansionists’ have either lost or perished,” Mr. Xi, also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party in China and the Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese military, said that his country will not pursue development behind closed doors.

“Rather, we aim to foster, over time, a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and international circulations reinforcing each other. This will create more space for China’s economic development and add impetus to global economic recovery and growth,” he added.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump accused China for “unleashing the plague of the ‘china virus’ onto the world, demanding that the United Nations must hold Beijing accountable for failing to contain the corona virus that has killed nearly one million people across the world, including 200,000 Americans”.

“The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization – which is virtually controlled by China – falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” Trump said.

Addressing the issue of Covid-19 pandemic and the international criticism about China’s attempts to suppress details about the outbreak, Mr. Xi said that “Facing the virus, we should enhance solidarity and get this through together. We should follow guidance of science, give full play to the leading role of the World Health Organization, and launch a joint international response to beat this pandemic. Any attempt of politicizing the issue or stigmatization must be rejected”.

India and China on September 22, also released a joint statement and agreed to stop sending any more troops to the frontline in order to refrain from further worsening the ground situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

“On September 21, Indian and Chinese Commanders held the 6th round of Military Commander level meeting. They had candid & in-depth exchanges of views on stabilizing situation along LAC in India-China border areas. They agreed to implement the consensus reached by the leaders, strengthen communication on ground, avoid misunderstandings, stop sending more troops to frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing situation on ground and avoid any action that may complicate the situation,’ read a statement released jointly by India and China following the military talks.

“The two sided also agreed to hold the 7th round of Military Commander-Level Meeting as soon as possible, take practical measures to properly solve problems on the ground, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area,” the statement added.

India and China have been engaged in a standoff since April-May this year after transgressions by the Chinese PLA in Kongrung Nala, Gogra and Finger area near Pangong Lake. Indian Army has now upped its preparedness manifold in the Ladakh sector to take on any aggressive moves by the Chinese Army in that sector.  

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