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Xi Jinping warns of ‘cold war’ divisions as US rebuilds alliances

Xi Jinping has warned leaders in Asia and the Pacific not to join Joe Biden’s plan to strengthen alliances to counter China’s economic and military rise.

The Chinese president said on Thursday that attempts to “draw ideological lines” or to form “small circles on geopolitical grounds” were doomed to fail.

“The Asia-Pacific region cannot and should not fall back into the confrontation and division of the Cold War era,” Xi told a virtual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Xi issued the warning amid tentative signs of a mild thaw in Beijing-Washington relations.

Since taking office, Biden has cracked down on China by criticizing Beijing for its military activities around Taiwan, its crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and its treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Beijing has responded by accusing the Biden administration of interfering with China’s strategic interests.

However, the leaders of the world’s two main countries are expected to hold a virtual summit as early as next week. On Wednesday, Biden and Xi’s climate envoys made a rare joint statement to work together on climate change at the UN’s COP26 summit in Glasgow.

But on Thursday, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan indicated that the US was working on a new “framework” for US economic engagement with other countries in the region as part of its effort to compete with China’s economic might.

“Whether it’s in supply chains, or the intersection of climate and trade, or digital, or investment screening and export controls. In some areas that have not traditionally been part of trade agreements, we believe there is an opportunity to put together a comprehensive vision and align a whole range of countries around it,” Sullivan told the Lowy Institute, the Australian thinker. -tank.

The lack of concrete details from the White House on the planned “framework” has confused US allies and partners who have pushed for economic engagement.

Sullivan’s comments highlighted the challenge Washington faces as it seeks to improve US-China ties and formalize alliances that exclude and challenge Beijing.

When asked why the US joined the so-called Aukus alliance with Australia and the UK, Sullivan emphasized the government’s intention to get even more cooperation from US allies.

“The president wanted to say not only to Australia, but also to the world that if you are a strong friend and ally and partner, and you bet with us, we will bet with you. . . It’s about a statement to put your money where your mouth is when it comes to the rhetoric surrounding alliances,” he said.

Aukus’ strategic pact, announced in September, received a sharp backlash from France, which lost a multi-billion dollar submarine deal with Australia when Canberra announced it would buy the ships from the US instead.

Sullivan admitted that the US faced “some challenges” in the diplomatic fallout with France. But he did not comment on whether the Biden administration was comfortable with Canberra’s handling of Aukus’ announcement.

Additional reporting by Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington