[Live Updates] Opening ceremony of Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations

Updated: 2019-05-15 11:07:42
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11:07

President Xi Jinping put forward four proposals on promoting exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations. 

He stressed that the sustainable development of civilization needs to keep pace with the times, weed out the old and bring forth the new, activate the source of civilization and progress, and constantly create cultural achievements that transcend time and space and are full of eternal charm.

Xi Jinping said that the most direct way to stimulate people's innovative vitality is to step into different civilizations, discover the strengths of others and inspire their own thinking. China is willing to implement the Asian Tourism Promotion Plan with other countries to contribute more to the economic development and friendship of the Asian people.

In 2018, more than 160 million Chinese tourists visited other countries and more than 140 million tourists visited China

11:04

In his keynote speech, President Xi Jinping called on all countries to uphold equality and respect in cultural exchanges and mutual learning, abandon pride and prejudice, and deepen their understanding of the differences of civilizations.

Xi Jinping said that every civilization has its own value. For mankind, we have different skin colors and language; for civilizations, there is no superior or inferior status, but shining in different forms. The thinking of having a superior species or civilization and wanting to take over other civilization is stupid and catastrophic! The world will be boring if the civilization of mankind turns into a single pattern. We should uphold mutual respect and equality, discard biases and ignorance, as well as strengthen the understanding of our own culture and the differences of other cultures, so as to push forward the dialogue between different civilizations and foster their growth in harmony together.

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Xi Jinping said that Asia should enhance self-confidence in its civilization, adhere to exchanges and mutual learning with other civilizations in the world, and strive to continue the new splendor of Asian civilization.

Xi Jinping said that Asia was one of the earliest settlements of mankind and an important birthplace of human civilization. In the course of thousands of years of development, the Asian people have made brilliant achievements in civilization. proposals including the Belt and Road Initiative, Two Corridors and One Circle as well as the Eurasian Economic Alliance expand the means of exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations. Asian civilization has developed and strengthened in the course of exchange and mutual learning between Asian and world civilizations, providing rich choices for the world.

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In his speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that human beings need not only economic and technological strength, but also cultural and civilization strength to meet common challenges.

Xi said that today, the world's multi-polarization, economic globalization, cultural diversification, and society digitalization have become very well-developed which gives the human society a bright prospect for the future. However, the instability and uncertainty of international situations have also become more pronounced, and humankind is facing even more global challenges. This requires all countries of the world to join hands and face the difficulties together. 

He says the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations will offer a new platform for civilizations of countries in Asia and the rest of the world to promote equal dialogue, communication and exchanges, and for them to inspire each other. 

10:46

The Conference on Dialogue on Asian Civilizations opened in Beijing on the 15th. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech.

Heads of state and government of Cambodia, Greece, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Armenia, leaders of Mongolia and heads of international organizations such as UNESCO attended the meeting.

The conference attracts young people, scholars, government officials and members of international organizations from 47 Asian countries as well as other countries. In addition to the opening ceremony, the conference will hold parallel sub-forums, Asian Cultural Carnival and Asian Civilization Week with more than 110 related activities.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is addressing the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations.


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