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Xi Jinping takes dig at Donald Trump, says countries cannot isolate themselves

BEIJING: In a veiled attack on his US counterpart Donald Trump after he raised tariffs on Chinese products, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said that it is “foolish” to believe in “superiority of civilisations” as countries cannot go into isolation and close their doors from the rest of the world.

Xi made the comments at the opening session of the conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations being held here, his first comments after trade war between the US and China escalated after Trump last Friday increased the import duty on Chinese products worth $200 billion from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.

China retaliated by slapping tariffs on $60 billion worth of US imports.

No easy options for China as trade war, US pressure bite

China is running out of options to hit back at the United States without hurting its own interests, as Washington intensifies pressure on Beijing to correct trade imbalances in a challenge to China’s state-led economic model. China said this week it would impose higher tariffs on most US imports on a revised $60 billion target list.

“Civilisations will lose vitality if countries go back to isolation and cut themselves off from the rest of the world,” Xi said.

Stating that no civilisation is superior to the other, Xi, also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China, said, “It is foolish to believe that one’s race and civilisation are superior to others, and it is disastrous to wilfully reshape or even replace other civilisations.”

The event is attended by Chargé D’Affaires of the Indian Embassy Acquino Vimal, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, Singaporean President Halimah Yacob and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

Xi also urged the Asian countries to defend globalisation, which was under threat from Trump’s “America-first” policies.

US-China trade war: How it may impact India

China has said it would impose higher tariffs on $60 billion of US goods from June 1 in retaliation of US’s tariff hike on Chinese goods. For India, a significant shift in the manufacturing sector is awaited due to the trade war. If the shift is properly positioned, it could be an advantage but if the tension persists for long, it could slow down the economy.

“I hope all Asian countries will jointly promote economic globalisation that is open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all, and work together to eliminate poverty and backwardness in some countries,” he said, adding that people of Asia expect open, integrated Asia.

“The people of Asian countries hope to distance themselves from being closed, and hope that all countries will adhere to the spirit of openness and promote policy communication, connectivity and smooth trade,” he added.

In his address, Xi also mooted a tourism promotion plan with other countries to promote Asian cultures.

He said there would be no clash of civilizations as long as people are able to appreciate the beauty of them all.

Noting that the Asian civilisations have written a brilliant chapter in human civilisation, he said Asia takes up one third of the total land on Earth, has two thirds of the global population, consists of 47 countries and more than 1,000 ethnic groups.

Asian people have made incredible cultural achievements over the past thousands of years and they have started cultural exchanges and mutual learning since the early days, Xi said.

News credit : Indiatimes