Prepare for difficult times, Xi tells Chinese amid US trade war

May 23, 2019 09:34
China must overcome various major risks and challenges from home and abroad, President Xi Jinping said this week as the Sino-US trade war intensified. Photo: Reuters

China must prepare for difficult times as the international situation has become increasingly complex, President Xi Jinping said in comments carried by state media on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

During a three-day trip this week to the southern province of Jiangxi, a cradle of China’s Communist revolution, Xi urged people to learn the lessons of the hardships of the past.

“Today, on the new Long March, we must overcome various major risks and challenges from home and abroad,” state news agency Xinhua paraphrased Xi as saying, referring to the 1934-36 trek of Communist Party members fleeing a civil war to a remote rural base, from where they re-grouped and eventually took power in 1949.

“Our country is still in a period of important strategic opportunities for development, but the international situation is increasingly complicated,” Xi said.

“We must be conscious of the long-term and complex nature of various unfavorable factors at home and abroad, and appropriately prepare for various difficult situations.”

The report did not elaborate on those difficulties, and did not directly mention the trade war or the United States.

But the comments came as China and the US have escalated tariff increases on each other’s imports after talks broke down to resolve their trade dispute.

Acrimony between the two sides has intensified after Washington last week blacklisted Chinese telecom equipment company Huawei Technologies.

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