Responding to international pressure on the escalating conflict with Taiwan, Chinese leader Xi Jinping used the return of the Cold War to urge other governments to turn away from the issue.
“Attempts to draw ideological lines or form small circles on geopolitical grounds are bound to fail,” Xi said at a virtual business conference on Thursday, Nov. 11, News Max reported.
“The Asia-Pacific region cannot and should not relapse into the confrontation and division of the Cold War era,” he added.
Xi said instead; countries should cooperate over other world problems such as COVID-19 and climate change.
China has accelerated its military presence in the Taiwan Strait over the past month. Demanding unification, Beijing’s languaging also became more forceful, starting from “peace” promises to persecution warnings aimed at those supporting Taiwan’s independence in the mainland earlier this month.
Xi’s Cold War warning could be aimed at the United States, which will help the island defend itself following the longstanding “One China” agreement. The U.S. has been working with other allies such as India, Japan, and Australia in the Asia-Pacific region. The AUKUS military alliance was directly formed to counter China’s invasive activities.
“All of us can embark on a path of green, low-carbon sustainable development,” Xi insinuated a recent climate agreement between Beijing and Washington.
It could hint at what went on behind closed doors when the U.S. tried to engage China in solving environmental issues. Some say the climate issue granted the Communist regime—the most significant world polluter—an upper hand to issue conditions to Washington.
In September, U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry had said Beijing wanted to discuss political issues, aside from human rights abuses and religious freedom, in climate talks. However, details and the result of what was concluded were not disclosed.
China has also expanded its military reach in the Indo-Pacific area, such as the South and the East China Sea and the Indian border. The hostile movement has prompted Japan to appeal to European Nations for attention.
“China is strengthening its military power both in terms of quantity and quality, and rapidly improving its operational capability,” Japan’s defense minister, Nobuo Kishi, told the Guardian in September.
U.S. President Biden in October said he would defend Taiwan but reiterated he was not thinking of a Cold War with the Asian country.
“I don’t want a cold war with China. I want China to understand that we are not going to step back and change any of our views,” Biden said at a CNN town hall.