Xi says 'no clash' of civil­i­sa­tions amid US trade war

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping de­clared 15 May there was "no clash" of civil­i­sa­tions and de­nounced racial supremacy as "stupid" amid ten­sions with the United States and con­cerns over Bei­jing's ris­ing global power.

His re­marks came af­ter a top-level US of­fi­cial last month de­scribed the ri­valry be­tween China and the US as "a fight with a re­ally dif­fer­ent civil­i­sa­tion and a dif­fer­ent ide­ol­ogy".

Kiron Skin­ner, the direc­tor of pol­icy plan­ning at the US State Depart­ment, put it in racial terms, telling a se­cu­rity fo­rum that China was the first US "great power com­peti­tor that is not Cau­casian".

"Think­ing that one's own race and cul­ture are su­pe­rior, and in­sist­ing on trans­form­ing or even re­plac­ing other civil­i­sa­tions is stupid in its un­der­stand­ing and dis­as­trous in prac­tice," Xi said at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Con­fer­ence on Di­a­logue of Asian Civil­i­sa­tions in Bei­jing.

"There is no clash be­tween dif­fer­ent civil­i­sa­tions, (we) just need to have the eye to ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty in all civil­i­sa­tions," he added, with­out men­tion­ing the United States.

Xi's speech comes less than a week af­ter trade ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Bei­jing took a turn for the worse, with the US hik­ing tar­iffs on $200 bil­lion in Chi­nese mer­chan­dise and tar­get­ing du­ties on $300 bil­lion more.

Photo: EPA

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping speaks at an event on civ­i­liza­tions in Bei­jing.

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