While the administration of US President Joe Biden has sought the support of like-minded democracies, such as the European Union and Japan, to coordinate a tougher stance against China, Beijing has redoubled its search for support and affirmation from friendly nations such as North Korea and Serbia. .
“Together, we must oppose all acts of unilateralism in the name of multilateralism, hegemony and power politics,” Xi said at a virtual meeting of representatives of 500 parties from 160 countries including Russia, Zimbabwe, Cuba and Burkina Faso.
“Looking from the ‘My Country First’ angle, the world is tight and crowded, and often filled with fierce competition,” Xi said in apparent reference to the “America First” policy of former US President Donald Trump.
Xi renewed a call to work to “build a community with a shared future for humanity” and said that any country that engages in “technological lockdowns” and “development decoupling” must be rejected.
Chinese diplomats have often criticized the United States for allegedly trying to hamper China’s development by cutting off its access to American technology.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China, spoke at the CPC and World Summit of Political Parties, one of many events held by Beijing to mark the ruling party’s centennial.
Tuesday’s virtual meeting was intended to help the international community “adapt more quickly to the rise of China” and for Beijing to gain more “understanding, support and camaraderie,” said Guo Yezhou, vice minister of the International Department, which organized the event.
China is increasingly concerned about its international image, clouded by anger at its initial handling of the Covid-19 outbreak, its maritime and territorial assertiveness towards neighbors, its crackdown in Hong Kong, and its treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, and his “wolf warrior” Diplomats who engage in a war of words with critics.
A survey of 17 advanced economies released last Wednesday by the US-based Pew Research Center showed that views on China have remained largely negative and confidence in Xi near record lows.