News Updates

23 April - 13 May, 2019
  • Xi rejects zero-sum theory
    ‘Foolish’, ‘disastrous’ to reshape other civilizations

    Chinese President Xi Jinping refuted the clash of civilizations theory and warned that it was "foolish to believe that one's race and civilization are superior to others, and it is disastrous to willfully reshape or even replace other civilizations."
    Chinese experts said that the attendees from different civilizations to the conference, especially from non-Western civilizations, shared the opinion of Xi and China, as there were too many examples of Western countries creating conflicts in the non-Western world due to their arrogant thoughts and disastrous approaches to Westernize others. (Global Times, May 15, 2019)
  • Trump bans Huawei in U.S. markets, saying Chinese firm poses security threat
    President Trump issued an executive order giving his administration sweeping powers to block Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. and other foreign communications firms from doing business in the United States — a long-anticipated move he had postponed while Washington and Beijing were in intense trade negotiations.
    The White House said the president was taking the action to “protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services in the United States.” (Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2019)
  • Xi attends opening of Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations
    Chinese President Xi Jinping in keynote speech called for efforts to jointly create a brighter future for civilizations of Asia and the world.
    The Chinese president raised a four-point proposal to consolidate the "cultural foundation" of jointly building a community with a shared future for Asia and humanity: treating each other with respect and as equals; appreciating the beauty of all civilizations; adhering to openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning; and keeping pace with the times.(Xinhua, May 15, 2019)
    The thematic forum "Sharing Experience on Asian Governance" of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC) is held in Beijing, capital of China, May 15, 2019. (Xinhua, May 15, 2019)
  • China to put soft power on show as ‘clash of civilisations’ debate comes back to life
    Beijing to champion ‘charms of Asian’ societies as tensions rise with Washington
    Conference comes after senior US official described strategic competition with China as ‘a fight with a really different civilisation and a different ideology. (South China Morning Post, May 15, 2019)
  • As Huawei Loses Google, the U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain
    The White House’s hard-line approach threatens to speed up the development of two technology worlds, further isolating one-fifth of internet users.
    China has spent nearly two decades building a digital wall between itself and the rest of the world, a one-way barrier designed to keep out foreign companies like Facebook and Google while allowing Chinese rivals to leave home and expand across the world.
    Now President Trump is sealing up that wall from the other side. (The New York Times, May 20, 2019)
  • China accuses US of 'economic terrorism' as trade war tensions escalate
    China accused the Trump administration of committing "economic terrorism" on Thursday, escalating its war of words with the United States amid rising trade tensions between the two countries.
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the White House had "brought huge damage to the economy of other countries and the US itself," spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing on Thursday. (CNN, May 30, 2019)