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U.N. Secretary-General Warns of New Cold War as Trump Attacks China over Coronavirus

HeadlineSep 23, 2020

Here in New York, the United Nations General Assembly got underway Tuesday with world leaders and most U.N. ambassadors participating remotely due to the pandemic. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned against a “new cold war” between the U.S. and China.

Secretary-General António Guterres: “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 geostrategic and military divide, and we must avoid these at all costs.”

President Trump also addressed the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, criticizing China during a pretaped seven-minute address — the shortest ever given by a U.S. president.

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

Chinese President Xi Jinping also spoke and vowed to make China carbon neutral by 2060 with carbon emissions peaking within 10 years. Xi called on nations to “achieve a green recovery of the world economy in the post-COVID era.”

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