* He urges more openness and cooperation in speech at Beijing’s Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations
* US State Department’s Kiron Skinner had provoked criticism by calling competition with China ‘a fight with a really different civilisation’
In the latest sign that the confrontation between China and the United States is escalating, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that one civilisation forcing itself on another would be “stupid” and “disastrous”.
Xi’s remarks, delivered at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations, where Beijing demonstrated its soft power, did not mention the US but were regarded as the highest level response yet to tough rhetoric from Washington.
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WNU Editor Chinese President Xi is trying to unite Asia against the West along racial and cultural lines. And he is doing this by accusing the U.S. and the West of being engaged against Asia in a “clash of civilizations” conflict. It is not going to work with the other Asian countries. Asia is a continent that is culturally and racially diverse, and I would say more so when compared to Europe and the U.S.. And the argument that the West wants to impose its civilization on Asia is convincing no one But it will work in China, and that is probably President Xi’s real goal and objective. Mind you …. China’s Muslim Uighur population may have a different point of view …. Satellite Images Expose China’s Vast Network Of Secret Re-Education Camps (October 31, 2018).
Xinhua Headlines-Xi Focus: China advocates dialogue, rebuts “clash of civilizations” as conference opens — Xinhuanet
President Xi hopes to build an Asia of peace, prosperity and openness — CGTN
Amid trade war, China’s Xi preaches openness, says no civilisation superior — Reuters
No civilization is superior, says China’s Xi as US trade war heats up — CNN
China’s Xi Calls Efforts to Reshape Other Nations ‘Foolish’ — Bloomberg
China’s Xi rallies Asia by appealing to shared culture — with subtle dig at U.S. — The Washington Post
Xi wades into ‘clash of civilizations’ row — Jeff Pao, Asia Times