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Trump takes credit for ‘roaring’ U.S. economy in Davos

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The strong performance of the U.S. economy under the current administration is a model that the rest of the world should follow, U.S. President Donald Trump said at the World Economic Forum.

Addressing country leaders and executives, Trump took credit for deregulating the U.S. economy, striking new trade deals and creating economic opportunities for ordinary workers and their families.

“Years of economic stagnation have given way to a roaring geyser of economic opportunity,” he said.

“The time for scepticism is over,” he said about those who have been wary about his administration.

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China not interested in ‘hot or cold war’ — Jinping

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President Xi Jinping of China on Tuesday told the United Nations General Assembly that he had no intention to engage any country in “a cold or hot war”.


Jinping’s remark came amid rising tensions between China and the U,S., whose president, Donald Trump, attacked Beijing in his speech earlier.

“We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation.

“We will not seek to develop only ourselves or engage in zero sum game,” Jinping said in his pre-recorded video address to the virtual gathering of world leaders.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres had earlier in the day,  warned against a “new Cold War” between China and the United States, saying the face-off between the two countries was moving the world in “a very dangerous direction”.

“Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a great fracture, each with its own trade and financial rules and internet and artificial intelligence capacities.

“A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs,” he said.

Relations between the United States and China – both nuclear-armed countries and veto power holders in the UN Security Council – have  deteriorated since 2019.

The Trump administration is accusing China of unfair trade practices, intellectual property theft, and cyber espionage – all of which Beijing has denied.

The situation had triggered a series of economic sanctions including visa restrictions and expulsions by Washington targeting Chinese government officials, companies, diplomats, and students.

China had retaliated in some cases, including the closure of the American consulate.

In his statement earlier at the Assembly, Trump in his characteristic forthrightness, put China on the spot over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the environment.

“We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China,” Trump said.

He accused China of dumping “millions and millions of tons of plastic and trash into the oceans and overfishing other countries’ waters”.

“China’s carbon emissions are nearly twice what the United States has, and it’s rising fast.

“Those, who attack America’s exceptional environmental record while ignoring China’s rampant pollution are not interested in the environment.

“They only want to punish America and I will not stand for it,” he said.

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United States, China clash over COVID-19 at UNGA

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The United States and China on Tuesday clashed over the coronavirus pandemic during the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).


United States President Donald Trump, who fired the first shot in his pre-recorded video message, referred to the coronavirus as “China virus”, a term that angers Beijing.

“We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world: China.

“In the earliest days of the virus, China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China and infect the world.

“China condemned my travel ban on their country, even as they cancelled domestic flights and locked citizens in their homes,” he said.

Trump reiterated his allegation that China and the World Health Organisation (WHO), “which is virtually controlled by China”, deliberately misled the world on the mode of transmission of the virus.

He accused them of “falsely declaring that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission”.

“Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease.

“The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” he said.

Chinese ambassador to the UN, Amb. Zhang Jun, responded to Trump’s accusations before introducing his country’s president, Xi Jingping, who was the fourth leader to speak.

Jun said China would not be cowed by United States “bully tactics”, accusing Trump of using the global stage to spread his “political virus”.

“We strongly and totally reject the baseless accusation against China.

“No matter what others say, we support multilateralism and the UN to play its central role in international affairs,” he said.

The exchanges came shortly after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had, in his address, expressed concern over the escalating tensions between north countries.

Warning against a “new Cold War” between the United States and China, Guterres said the bad blood was moving the world in “a very dangerous direction”.

“Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a Great Fracture, each with its own trade and financial rules and internet and artificial intelligence capacities.

“A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide.

“We must avoid this at all costs,” he said.

Although, the Chinese president did not address the United States directly in his speech, he said the world “must” reject unilateral actions and work together to defrost the virus.

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Trump says UN must focus on ‘Real Problems’ including terrorism, ethnic cleansing

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United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the world body must focus on addressing global issues such as terrorism, ethnic cleansing of minority religious groups, trafficking and other problems.


President Trump said in his speech to the UN General Assembly in Washington.

“If the UN is to be an effective organisation it must focus on the real problems of the world,” Trump said during remarks at the White House.

“This includes terrorism, the oppression of women, forced labour, drug trafficking, human and sex trafficking, religious persecution, and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities.”

Trump also used his UN General Assembly address to call attention to China.

The United States president called on the UN to hold China accountable for failing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the international community.

Trump also said the international community should be prioritising their national interests rather than focusing on pursuing global ambitions.

Moreover, Trump said the United States now had weapons that it had never thought it would have them.

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Vaccine nationalism unfair, self-serving, says UN Chief

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday denounced “vaccine nationalism” among some developed countries, saying it was unfair and self-serving.


 

Opening the annual General Debate of the UN General Assembly, Guterres reiterated his call for global solidarity to defeat the coronavirus pandemic codenamed COVID-19.

“We are working to advance treatments and therapies as a global public good, and backing efforts for a people’s vaccine available and affordable everywhere.

“Yet some countries are reportedly making side deals exclusively for their own populations.

“Such ‘vaccinationalism’ is not only unfair, it is self-defeating.

“None of us is safe, until all of us are safe,” he said.

Some wealthy counties, including the United States, the UK, and Canada have pre-ordered millions of potential coronavirus vaccines for their citizens.

Through this move, referred to as ‘vaccine nationalism’, these countries are striking mass purchase deals with drug manufacturers with promising vaccine candidates.

The UN Chief echoed concerns by stakeholders that the move could leave poor countries behind, thereby undermining efforts to defeat the pandemic.

“Since the beginning, we have pushed for a massive rescue package worth at least 10 per cent of the global economy.

“Developed countries have provided enormous relief for their own societies. They can afford it.

“But we need to ensure that the developing world does not fall into financial ruin, escalating poverty, and debt crises.

“We need a collective commitment to avoid a downward spiral,” he said.

In his address, United States President Donald Trump reaffirmed commitment to his “America First” agenda, saying it was the right thing to do.

Trump argued that it was “only when you take care of your own citizens, will you find a true basis for cooperation”.

“As President, I have rejected the failed approaches of the past, and I am proudly putting America First, just as you should be putting your countries first.

“That’s okay, that’s what you should be doing,” he said.

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