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《The Third Annual Conference》

Han Zheng: Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Third Annual Conference of Taihu World Cultural Forum

 

Han Zheng, Member of the Central Political Bureau of Communist Party of China Central Committee and Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee

 

In this beautiful season full of vitality, the Third Annual Conference of Taihu World Cultural Forum has opened in Shanghai. First, on behalf of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of Communist Party of China and Shanghai Municipal People's Government, I would like to extend my warm congratulations to the Forum! And I would like to express my sincere welcome to all guests attending the Forum!


Sociologist Fei Xiaotong made a renowned proposition to build "a world in which countries treasure their own distinct heritages, appreciate other cultures, and promote shared prosperity". Civilizations have become richer and more colorful with exchanges and mutual learning. Cultural exchange and mutual learning are important driving forces for the progress of human civilization and constitute an important cornerstone for world peace and development.


As an open, diverse, and inclusive platform, Taihu World Cultural Forum has played an increasingly important role in promoting cultural exchanges between China and the world since its establishment in 2008. With the theme of "Strengthening Cultural Soft Power Interaction for World Peace and Development", the Forum invites 150 dignitaries, officials, and scholars from all over the world to discuss the harmony of civilizations and seek world peace, which is of great significance for us to better understand and promote the colorful, equal, and inclusive civilizations.


It is an honor for our city that the Forum is held in Shanghai, which gives us a rare opportunity of learning. Shanghai is the largest economic hub in China, and a cultural center where Chinese and Western civilizations meet and where ancient and modern cultures blend. Today, Shanghai is making every effort to promote innovation and transformation, striving to lead Reform and Opening-up, spearheading scientific development, and continuously improving the core competitiveness of the city.


We propose to enhance the cultural soft power as the core issue of Shanghai's future development, which requires us to inherit the essence of Chinese culture and absorb the cream of world culture, striving to enhance the influence of publicity work, the competitiveness of the cultural industry, the persuasive power of theoretical achievements, and the appeal of core values. With this, we strive to build Shanghai into an international cultural metropolis with a concentration of cultural elements, a good cultural ecology, active cultural innovation, and a pool of cultural talents by 2020.


Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends!


The ocean is vast because it denies no rivers. All civilizations created by humanity are the crystallization of labor and wisdom. In today's era, courage and practical work are indispensable for economic development, while cultivating culture requires mind and vision. We sincerely look forward to the exchange of ideas among all learning guests to scintillate wisdom that promotes global cultural prosperity and civilizational harmony. We also sincerely hope that all friends, old and new, both at home and abroad, will continue to care and pay attention to Shanghai and support the construction of Shanghai as an international cultural metropolis.


Finally, I wish the Forum a great success!


Thank you!

 



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