Chinese President Xi Jinping will take part in the virtual event of the World Economic Forum WEF of the Davos Agenda and will give a special address via video link in Beijing, the capital of China, on January 25, 2021.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday his country would not pursue hegemony no matter how powerful it gets, calling for “fairer and more equitable” global governance.

Beijing has increasingly argued with the US and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe on issues ranging from human rights to unfair trade practices. These countries have raised concerns that China’s increasing political and economic influence threatens the world order.

“As much as it grows, China will never seek hegemony, expansion or sphere of influence, nor will China ever enter an arms race,” said Xi at the opening ceremony of the annual Boao Forum for Asia in China’s Hainan Province.

Xi also promoted China as an advocate of globalization and the multilateral trading system, saying that international rules should not be set by just one or a few nations.

Without naming any countries, Xi said that great nations should behave in ways that “reflect their status and have a greater sense of responsibility.”

He also spoke out against a “cold war” mentality and an “ideological confrontation”, adding that any country that interferes in the domestic affairs of others would receive no support.

Xi’s remarks came after US-China relations got off to a difficult start under President Joe Biden’s administration.

The US has spoken out against China on issues ranging from the autonomy of Hong Kong – a Chinese special administrative region – to human rights in the Xinjiang region. For its part, Beijing accused Washington of meddling in its internal affairs.

Last month, Biden said China has “the general goal of becoming the leading country, the richest country in the world and the most powerful country in the world.” The US president said he would not allow that to happen under his watch.