Xi Jingping

China’s President Xi Jingping has called for openness between countries amid rising tensions over trade talks and tariffs with the US.

Although Mr Xi did not directly refer to the US during his speech at the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations in Beijing, he stressed that China is an “open” country.

He said: “Thinking that one’s own race and culture are superior, and insisting on transforming or even replacing other civilisations, is stupid in its understanding and disastrous in practice.”

The Chinese President added: “Today’s China is not only China’s China. It is Asia’s China and the world’s China. China in the future will take on an even more open stance to embrace the world.”

His comments come less than a week after the US imposed a huge hike on tariffs for over $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, with US President Donald Trump accusing China of ‘breaking the deal’.

Last month, the US State Department’s director of policy planning, Kiron Skinner, suggested the economic rivalry between the two countries was related to racial supremacy – which is believed to be the reason for Mr Xi’s wording.

Mr Skinner described the tensions as “a fight with a really different civilisation and a different ideology”, and said China was the US’ first “great power competitor that is not Caucasian”.