President Xi: There are no superior or inferior civilizations
Updated 12:13, 15-May-2019
There are only different civilizations, no superior or inferior civilizations, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.
Xi made the remarks during a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing on Wednesday.
Those who think their races or cultures are better, and try to change or replace other cultures, are wrong in their mindsets and are doomed to fail, President Xi pointed out.
He noted every civilization is rooted in its own soil of existence, which embodies the extraordinary wisdom and spiritual pursuit of a country and a nation owning its own value.
If human civilizations are all in one tone and one mode, the world will be too monotonous and boring, Xi added.
The Chinese president also called for joint efforts to uphold equality and respect, abandon pride and prejudice, deepen understanding of differences between one's own civilization and other civilizations and promote dialogues and harmonious coexistence among different civilizations.
The conference was initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference in 2015.
It is aimed at providing a platform upon which to enhance interactions among the youth, local communities and the media and to form a network of cooperation among think tanks, so as to add to the rich cultural lives of Asia and contribute to greater vibrant regional cooperation and development.