Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday praised developing countries for their resolve to achieve “strength through unity”, but strongly criticized “some countries” for building “a small yard with high fences” , for the third day in a row he appeared to reject the US-led Western Coalition.
“Some countries have politicized and marginalized the issue of development, created ‘a small yard with high fences’, imposed maximum sanctions, and promoted division and confrontation,” Xi said in his speech, In fact, said at the High-Level Dialogue on Global Development. on Friday.
Besides leaders of BRICS countries, China had invited leaders of 13 countries for the event, which was seen as Beijing’s push to expand the five-member bloc. It was a mixture of countries: Algeria, Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Malaysia and Thailand.
Calling for an “enabling international environment for development”, Xi warned that “protectionists will step up; anyone attempting to create a specific bloc will isolate themselves; maximum sanctions are not in anyone’s interest.” are, and the practices of decoupling and supply disruption are neither viable nor sustainable”.
An English translation of Xi’s speech in Mandarin was released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry late Friday, a day after the 14th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit was held online.
Xi did not name the countries, but his criticism is being directed at the sanctions imposed on the US, its allies and Russia for attacking Ukraine.
The Chinese president said: “…emerging markets and developing countries are more determined to find strength through unity, and the new era of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation is bringing more opportunities to countries around the world.”
On the issue of global development, the Chinese President referred to the Global Development Initiative (GDI) and said that China will take practical steps to continue to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“China will allocate more resources for global development cooperation. We will upgrade the ‘South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund’ to the ‘Global Development and South-South Cooperation Fund’, and add US$1 billion to the fund on top of the US$3 billion already committed.”
In a statement, the External Affairs Minister of India said, “On June 24, Prime Minister” [Narendra Modi] highlighted India’s development partnership with the Caribbean from Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific; India’s focus on a free, open, inclusive and rules-based maritime space; respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries from the Indian Ocean region to the Pacific Ocean; And reforming the multilateral system in Asia and in large parts of Africa and Latin America as a whole has no voice in global decision-making.
“The Prime Minister noted the importance of the circular economy and invited citizens of the participating countries to join the Lifestyle for Environment (LIFE) campaign. The participating guest countries were Algeria, Argentina, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Uzbekistan, Malaysia and Thailand.