Speaking at the Davos Agenda event hosted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Monday, Xi urged increased global cooperation in response to the coronavirus pandemic and said that to “slip into arrogant isolation will always fail.”
“For the first time in history, the economies of all regions have been hit hard at the same time, with global industrial and supply chains clogged and trade and investment down in the doldrums. Despite the trillions of dollars in relief packages worldwide, global recovery is rather shaky and the outlook remains uncertain,” Xi said.
The Chinese president called on governments “to abandon ideological prejudice and jointly follow a path of peaceful coexistence, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation.”
Xi continued his theme of inclusion throughout the address, adding: “To build small circles or start a new Cold War … will only push the world into division and even confrontation.”
While Xi did not explicitly refer to any other country or world leader, he did say that humanity had “learned lessons the hard way” and that “history is not long gone” when talking about divisions.
The President said actors in the global community should not be “beating each other like a wrestling area,” and warned the world was at risk of falling “back into the world of the jungle” if multilateralism is abandoned.
Xi also called for commitment from all countries to promote and maintain smooth supply chains, particularly during the pandemic, and said that vaccines should be considered public goods and be made affordable for all countries.
“It is especially important to scale up cooperation on the R&D [research and development], production and distribution of vaccines and make them public goods that are truly accessible and affordable to people in all countries,” he said.
The Chinese leader added that his nation had provided help to more than 150 countries and 13 international organizations, as well as sending 36 teams of medical experts to countries in need. He also stressed that China would “continue to share its experience” while working for greater accessibility of Covid-19 vaccines in developing countries.
“We hope these efforts will contribute to an early and complete victory over the coronavirus throughout the world,” Xi said.
The Davos Agenda event continues throughout the week with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu among the speakers.