China's Xi says Asia must not return to Cold War

Xi, in a recorded video message to a CEO forum on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit hosted by New Zealand, said attempts to draw ideological lines or form small circles on geopolitical grounds are bound to fail.

"The Asia Pacific region cannot and should not relapse into the confrontation and division of the Cold War era," Xi said.

Xi's remarks were an apparent reference to U.S. efforts with allies and partners in the region, including the QUAD grouping with India, Japan and Australia, to blunt what Washington sees as China's growing coercive economic and military influence.

Xi also reaffirmed a pledge made the U.N. General Assembly in September that China would achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. His remarks come on the same day the United States and China, the world's two largest emitters of carbon dioxide, unveiled a deal to ramp up cooperation tackling climate change.

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