China hosts carnival celebrating diversity of Asian civilizations

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan attended the grand carnival last night to celebrate the diversity of Asian civilizations, a major event of the ongoing Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, together with foreign guests.

At the National Stadium in Beijing, around 30,000 audience from home and abroad watched artists from across Asia perform folk dances, play traditional musical instruments or sing popular songs from their homeland, according to Xinhua.

Xi said in his speech that various civilizations are not destined to clash as long as people were able to appreciate the beauty of all civilizations.

“It is foolish to believe that one’s race and civilization are superior to others,” Xi said. “It is disastrous to willfully reshape or even replace other civilizations.”

He went on to say: “If countries retreat to secluded islands, human civilization will die out because of a lack of exchanges…All civilization must progress with time and keep up with the latest achievement”.

“All countries should conduct exchanges beyond borders of state, time and civilization, and work together to protect the peaceful time we have, which is more precious than gold,” Xi said.

“Children and women are suffering from poverty, hunger and diseases in Asia. This has to be changed,” he said, calling on Asian nations to “work together to promote an open, inclusive, balanced and mutually beneficial globalized economy, eradicating poverty.”

At a time when communist China is under pressure from President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes and criticism from the west on his ideological invasion, President Xi has summoned Asian guests for support, including Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Singaporean President Halimah Yacob, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

President Xi spoke beautifully with his words on openness and inclusion. But those words were said only for foreigners. With the Great Firewall and censorship, Chinese people are shut within closed doors. They are not able to see what’s happening in this world. Even Chinese middle class has no idea of the trade war with the US. They lack basic sources of information about the tariffs.

At its opening ceremony, President Xi called for discarding arrogance and prejudice but later Xinhua commented, “Conflict is usually born out of people’s inability to appreciate the beauty of differences. Some Western politicians who have a hard time believing this may look for help from Asian wisdom.” This is a joke ridiculous enough to hit its own toes or slap on its own face.

While the CCP leadership shows an attitude of open-mindedness to the outside world, it has tightened its media day after day. During the conference on Dialogue of Asian civilizations, Beijing government issued official notices to units at all levels to check on potential protests. Families near the venues have been warned to behave themselves, according to local residents. President Xi must be mentally disordered to call for all people to respect diversity of civilizations while at the same time he treats common Chinese as adversaries.

Beijing resident Ms. Zhou told a RFA reporter, “Because of the conference, the police came to my home on the 10th of May. They came to warn people who are religious practitioners, lawyers or petitioners. They checked my ID card on the night of the 10th when I was walking home after work. They came again on the night of 13th to check again. Security is very tight.”

2019 is a sensitive year. This year is the 100 years anniversary of May Fourth Movement, 60 years anniversary of Tibet’s liberation, 30 years anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre, and 70 years anniversary of CCP’s coming to power. Beijing residents have less time to celebrate but more time to suffer.

Source: Xinhua, RFA
Edited by staff

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