09/21/2021 19:57 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping reiterated on Tuesday that China aims to provide 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world by the end of the year.

Xi made the pledge in a video address to the United Nations General Assembly in which he stressed China's peaceful intentions in international relations, saying that China would never invade or bully others, or seek hegemony.

Xi spoke after U.S. President Joe Biden mapped out a new era of vigorous competition without a new Cold War despite China's ascendance during his first United Nations address on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols at the United Nations and Michael Martina, David Brunnstrom and Arshad Mohammed in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler)