China's Xi says cold war mentality and bloc confrontation must be rejected

China's President Xi Jinping attends the opening of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 15, 2022. BAY ISMOYO/Pool via REUTERS

BANGKOK, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Actions that inflate conflicts and distort international norms are "all too common" and the world should jointly reject a cold war mentality and bloc confrontation, China's President Xi Jinping said in a written speech released on Thursday.

Xi also said unilateralism, protectionism and any attempt to politicise and weaponise economic and trade relations should be rejected by all.

The remarks were originally due to be delivered by Xi at a business forum on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok. However, unforeseen scheduling conflicts caused the appearance to be cancelled, according to the forum organisers.

The speech, provided to media by the Chinese delegation, also called on business leaders to "actively involve yourselves" in "China's reform, opening-up and modernisation endeavours, and contribute to boosting development and prosperity of both the Asia-Pacific region and the world."

Reporting by Reuters staff; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Toby Chopra, William Maclean

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