Xi Jinping calls shift to multipolar world ‘irreversible’ — RT World News
China’s president previews visit to Moscow, saying ‘no country should dictate the international order’
Chinese President Xi Jinping set the tone for his visit to Moscow this week by touting improved relations with Russia in the ten years since he took office and promising that the transition to a “multipolar world” freed from American rule will not be arrested.
“The world today is going through profound changes not seen for a century”, Xi wrote in an article published Sunday by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta. “The historical trend of peace, development and win-win cooperation is unstoppable. The prevailing trends of global multipolarity, economic globalization and greater democracy in international relations are irreversible.
Xi, who is due to arrive Monday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, noted that the world is facing “traditional and non-traditional security challenges”, as well as “prejudicial acts of hegemony, domination and intimidation.” He added that countries around the world are “wanting to find a cooperative way out of the crisis” as they try to cross a “Long and Tortuous Global Economic Recovery.
The international community has recognized that no country is superior to others, that no model of governance is universal and that no country should dictate the international order. The common interest of all humanity lies in a united and peaceful world, rather than a divided and unstable one.
Xi made the comments amid escalating tensions with Washington over the Ukraine crisis and US interference in China’s sovereignty over Taiwan. Beijing has resisted Western pressure to condemn Russia over the Ukraine conflict, maintaining neutrality on the issue and promoting a 12-point peace plan to end hostilities. Washington rejected the peace proposal and accused China of considering military aid to Russia.
“We believe that as long as all parties adopt the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, and pursue equal, rational and results-oriented dialogue and consultation, they will find a reasonable way to resolve the crisis, as well as a broad path towards a world of lasting peace and common security”, Xi said. He added that China’s plan takes into account the “legitimate security concerns of all countries”.
China and Russia have cemented mutual trust and fostered a “new model of relations with major countries” over the past decade, as evidenced by the doubling of trade between the two nations, reaching $190 billion in 2022, Xi wrote. “We have been active in practicing genuine multilateralism, promoting the common values of mankind, and promoting the building of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.”
Xi called for increasing the quality and quantity of investment and economic cooperation between China and Russia, as well as strengthening policy coordination. “We have every reason to expect China and Russia, as fellow travelers on the path of development and rejuvenation, to make new and greater contributions to human progress.”