Seventy years after Chinese troops entered the Korean War to fight against US troops, President Xi Jinping said on Friday (Oct 23) that China will never allow its sovereignty, security and development interests to be undermined.
Mr Xi did not directly refer to the present-day United States, with which relations have sunk to their lowest in decades over disputes ranging from trade and technology to human rights and the coronavirus.
Taiwan has a become a growing point of contention and military tension.
“Let the world know that ‘the people of China are now organised, and are not to be trifled with’,” Mr Xi said at the Great Hall of the People, quoting Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China.
Unilateralism, protectionism, and bullying would fail, Mr Xi said on the anniversary of the deployment of Chinese troops to the Korean peninsula to help North Korea fight US-led United Nations and South Korean forces during the 1950-53 conflict.