China-US tension: Xi tells World Economic Forum competition is for pursuing excellence – not killing off a rival

China-US tension: Xi tells World Economic Forum competition is for pursuing excellence – not killing off a rival

With just a few glimpses of the possible trajectory of Sino-US relations in the Biden era, Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged there was rivalry between the two nations, but suggested that interplay between the two nations should be more like fair competition than a fight to eliminate the other.

It is the latest move by Beijing to salvage China-US bilateral relations, which over the past four tumultuous years have plunged to their lowest point in decades. US President Joe Biden’s picks to handle China issues indicate in the first week of his presidency that the US hardline stance will continue.

Addressing a foreign audience via a recorded video to the World Economic Forum on Monday, and with Biden notably absent, Xi said antagonism and confrontation would only hurt everyone and ideological confrontations should be put aside.

“We must advocate fair competition, like competing with each other for excellence in a racing field, not beating each other in a wrestling arena,” he said.