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China’s Xi Calls Efforts to Reshape Other Nations ‘Foolish’

  • Speech offers veiled push back against U.S. policy demands
  • First remarks by Chinese president since latest tariff salvo
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Chinese President Xi Jinping denounced as “foolish” foreign efforts to reshape other nations as he pushes back against U.S. trade demands.

“To think that one’s own race and civilization are superior to others, and to insist on transforming or even replacing other civilizations, is foolish in understanding and disastrous in practice,” Xi said Wednesday at the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing. He made no direct mention of the trade dispute or the U.S. in his remarks.