Xi Jinping repeats assertion that Chinese people have ‘no gene’ for hegemony or invasion

June 30 — On the weekend state media reported on a speech given by Xi Jinping at a ceremony on Saturday marking the 60th anniversary of the Panchsheel Treaty between China and India, the substance of which are the ‘Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence’. Visiting Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari also participated and delivered speeches. Xi repeated his assertion, first made in May this year, that there is “no gene for invasion or hegemony” in Chinese people’s blood.

This morning, the story was the top article on the People’s Daily website, Baidu News, Netease News and Xinhua’s English language website, but placed in an unprominent position on Xinhua’s Chinese site.

Not everyone agrees with Xi’s gene theory, as this cartoon taken from a gallery of anti-Chinese images from Vietnam makes clear:

Speech bubble" "It's not in Chinese people's genes to invade other countries." The black flags list Chinese dynasties and post 1949 acts considered invasions by Vietnam: Han, Song, Yuan Dynasty, Ming, and Qing dynasties;  1974 Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands); 1979 border war; 1988 Truong Sa (Spratly Islands); 2014 Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig.

Speech bubble” “It’s not in Chinese people’s genes to invade other countries.”
The black flags list Chinese dynasties and post 1949 acts considered invasions by Vietnam:
Han, Song, Yuan Dynasty, Ming, and Qing dynasties; 1974 Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands); 1979 border war; 1988 Truong Sa (Spratly Islands); 2014 Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig. Image source – Tuoitrenews: China’s hegemony dream in caricatures

Links and sources
Xinhua 习近平就和平共处五项原则发表60周年同印度、缅甸两国总统互致贺电
Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: 习近平在和平共处五项原则发表60周年纪念大会上的讲话(全文)
China Daily: Xi: There is no gene for invasion in our blood
Global Times: Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence not outdated, Chinese president
People’s Daily: 习近平出席纪念大会并发表主旨讲话
Xinhua: International community lauds Xi’s speech on anniversary of peace principles
Baidu News: 外媒:习近平称中国人无称王称霸的基因
Netease: 习近平:中国人血脉没有称王称霸穷兵黩武基因