Xi did not name Biden or the US in his first speech since Trump’s term ended last week but made it clear that Beijing would not be dictated to by Washington.
“To build small circles or start a new Cold War, to reject, threaten or intimidate others, to willfully impose decoupling [from China], supply disruption or sanctions, and to create isolation or estrangement will only push the world into division and even confrontation,” Xi said in an address to the World Economic Forum, which is normally held in Switzerland’s Davos but is taking place virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, on Monday.
“We should build an open world economy, uphold the multilateral trading regime, discard discriminatory and exclusionary standards, rules and systems, and take down barriers to trade, investment, and technological exchanges,” Xi said.
Under Trump, the United States’ relations with China grew increasingly tense. Washington clashed with Beijing over trade, the South China Sea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the coronavirus pandemic. Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo even openly called for regime change in China.