Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019

Xi Jinping Warns of ‘Disastrous’ Clash of Civilizations

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned of disaster if one civilization imposes its will on another, the South China Morning Post is reporting.

His comments came during an address at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing. He did not mention the United States. But the newspaper noted his comments were the latest sign that the confrontation over trade between China and the U.S. is escalating.

The Post said the speech came two weeks after the U.S. State Department’s Kiron Skinner had described competition with China as “a fight with a really different civilization and a different ideology.” Skinner said it was the first time the U.S. had faced a “great power competitor that is not Caucasian,” according to the newspaper.

“If someone thinks their own race and civilization is superior and insists on remolding or replacing other civilizations, it would be a stupid idea and disastrous act,” Xi said.

“We should hold up equality and respect, abandon pride and prejudice, deepen our knowledge about the differences between our own and other civilizations, and promote harmonious dialogue and coexistence between civilizations,” he said. “All civilizations must progress with time and keep up with the latest achievement.”

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Xi Jinping Warns of ‘Disastrous’ Clash of Civilizations