President Xi Jinping took a veiled swipe at the U.S. in a speech, saying that no country should “be allowed to do whatever it likes and be the hegemon, bully or boss of the world.”
Mentioning that developing countries are playing an important role in the world affairs, Chinese President Xi said the United Nations could be “more balanced”, as well as called for the “international order underpinned by international law”. He further added countries should not be “lorded over by those who wave a strong fist at others.”
“There must be no practice of exceptionalism or double standards,” Xi said. “Nor should international law be distorted and used as a pretext to undermine other countries’ legitimate rights and interests or world peace and stability.”
Xi is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly via video link later Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump is also among the world leaders, who are expected to address the annual summit in New York.
As concern grows about the stability of global institutions set up after the devastation of World War Two, Xi’s appeal for a multilateral revival was echoed by leaders from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Although Xi didn’t mention the name of any country, his remarks come as the President Donald Trump administration hits China with sanctions for human rights abuses, as well as labels WeChat and Huawei Technologies Co. security threats.
In the last month, Trump told that “American exceptionalism” should be taught in schools, as he tried to contrast himself with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who has promised to return the U.S. to a less confrontational foreign policy.