Kiron Skinner, the US State Department’s director of policy planning. Photo: Twitter

Slip-up or signal? What US official’s ‘clash of civilisations’ remarks suggest

  • Comments by Kiron Skinner of the State Department, whether authorised or not, are consistent with Trump administration thinking, analysts say
  • The comments, and the administration’s stance, stand in sharp contrast to China’s competing vision of civilisation, which it touts as being more inclusive
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Kiron Skinner, the US State Department’s director of policy planning. Photo: Twitter
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Mark Magnier

Mark Magnier

Mark Magnier is a US correspondent based in Washington. Before joining the Post, he worked for the Wall Street Journal in China and for the Los Angeles Times in India, China and Japan. He’s covered the Chinese economy, China and India’s explosive rise and conflicts in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.