This story is published as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post It originally appeared on scmp.com on May 15, 2019.
In the latest sign that the confrontation between China and the United States is increasing, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that a civilization forced himself on another would be "stupid" and "disastrous"
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Xi's remarks, delivered at the Conference on Asian Civilizations Dialogue, where Beijing showed its soft power, did not mention the United States, but was considered the highest level answer is still a fierce rhetoric from Washington.
Analysts say the confrontation would lead China to more strongly promote its initiatives that will drive the United States towards a more confrontational stance and further damage bilateral relations.
Xi's speech took place two weeks after the US Head of Political Planning, Kiron Skinner, describing competition with China as "a struggle with a very different civilization and ideology." Skinner said it was the first time the United States had faced a "major non-Caucasian power competitor".
Chinese officials rejected Skinner's remarks, and in his speech, Xi appeared to expand on the theme and said that cultures were distinctive but not better or worse than each other.
"If someone thinks their own race and civilization is superior and insists on converting or replacing other civilizations, it would be a stupid idea and catastrophic act," Xi said.
"We should keep equality and respect, abandon pride and prejudice, deepen our knowledge of differences between our own and other civilizations and promote a harmonious dialogue and coexistence between civilization."
He continued to say, "About the countries returning to secluded islands, humanity will die out due to lack of exchange ".  Xi said people should go beyond the boundaries of their culture to discover the benefits of others and argued that it was the best way to inspire innovation.
"All civilization must evolve w over time and continue with the latest achievement," he said.
The President proposed that the belt and road initiative, China's transcontinental infrastructure strategy, be a way of promoting cooperation between nations.
"The belt and the road … and other initiatives have expanded the channels of civilization change," he said.
Beijing last month held the belt and the road forum to demonstrate their trade and infrastructure projects in countries from Asia to Africa.
The speech reiterated the idea that Xi outlined in 2014, about a common part of fate and claimed that Asian countries should open and connect their policies, infrastructure, trade, investment and people.
] Pang Zhongying, a Beijing-based international relations professor invited to participate in the dialogue, will aggravate the confrontation between China and the United States and be reflected in aspects of international trade-to-culture relations.
"Right now China does not have an integrated approach to US challenges," he says. "Many people are aware of the dangers of China-US. relations continue to deteriorate. "
Wang Huiyao, founder of the center of China and globalization, said China would be more urgent to promote its initiatives because the United States raised its position because Beijing believed that maintaining relations with other nations was important.  In his speech, Xi laid out his vision of how Asian nations would promote exchanges.
Asia must maintain peace as a prerequisite for economic growth, which is the pillar of civilization, he said.
"All countries should conduct exchanges beyond the boundaries of state, time and civilization and cooperate to protect the peaceful time we have, which is more expensive than gold, "Xi says.
" Children and women suffer from poverty, hunger and disease in Asia. This has to be changed, "he said, urging Asian nations to" work together to promote an open, inclusive, balanced and mutually beneficial globalized economy that eradicates poverty ".
Xi proposed deeper cultural exchanges and said China would cooperate with more Asian nations to translate and share their literature and promote domestic and overseas tourism.
"This can facilitate the appreciation and understanding of different cultures," he said.
Indicates that China received 140 million foreign tourists last year while 160 million Chinese went Abroad, Xi said tourism could promote economic growth and friendship in Asia.
China would increase exchanges with its young people and thought services, he said.
Oh Ei Sun, a senior man at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, said Xi's message meant that civilizations in Asia would be convinced of their accomplishments and lay greater emphasis on exchanges between people under the Belt and Road Initiative.