Xi slams new Cold War, but White House says competition inevitable

Xi slams new Cold War, but White House says competition inevitable

Biden to form ‘new approach’ on China after consulting allies and Congress

SHANGHAI — Nations must reject Cold War thinking and embrace “strategic communication” to build trust, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an address to the World Economic Forum on Monday, making his case to a global audience days after new U.S. President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

“The problems facing the world are interconnected and complex,” Xi said via video link to the Davos Agenda meetings — an online prelude to the forum’s mid-pandemic, in-person summit in Singapore in May. “The way out of them is through upholding multilateralism and building a community with a shared future for mankind.”

His words were later countered by the White House, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying that the U.S. and China are in a “strategic competition” and that China is “engaged in conduct that it hurts American workers, blunts our technological edge, and threatens our alliances and our influence in international organizations.” 

This was Xi’s second time speaking to the WEF. The first, in January 2017, was three days before Donald Trump began his presidency, when Xi presented himself as a defender of free trade and globalization in contrast to Trump’s “America First” isolationism.