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《The Fourth Annual Conference》


Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Fourth Annual Conference of Taihu World Cultural Forum

 

Du Qinglin

 

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen, friends,

Good morning!


 

Today, friends from all over the world gather in Macau, China, the "Sea Garden", to attend the Fourth Annual Conference of Taihu World Cultural Forum. On behalf of the Chinese government, I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations on the convening of this conference. I would like to express my sincere welcome to all the guests who have come from afar.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, friends!

 

The Taihu World Cultural Forum is a high-level unofficial international cultural forum founded by China with the purpose of strengthening cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries. The many meetings held since the Forum's establishment have received high recognition, strong support and active participation from people from all walks of life both at home and abroad, especially friends from the academic and cultural sectors. The discussed the dialogue and cooperation among civilizations, making the Forum an open, inclusive, and diversified platform for high-end dialogue to promote cultural exchanges between China and the world. With the strong support of the Central Government of China, the Macau Special Administrative Region, by taking advantage of its unique geographical location, strive to refresh the image of a culturally advanced Macau, becoming an important window for the exchange and interconnection of civilizations between China and the world.

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping has clearly put forward the important initiative of building a community of shared future for mankind on a series of international occasions, which has aroused strong reactions from the international community and casts positive and far-reaching impact on contemporary international relations. The theme of this year's conference, "Building a New Civilization with a Community of Shared Future for Mankind", is an important initiative to implement President Xi Jinping's instruction on the community of shared future for mankind. After the release of the message, it received clear approval and enthusiastic response from many personnel and friends both at home and abroad. This shows that the idea of building a community of shared future for mankind reflects the call of the people of all countries to seek peace and development and meets the requirements of reforming and innovating the global governance order and promoting the civilizational progress of the international community. Today's multipolarization and economic globalization are developing deeply, the information revolution is on the rise, and the international landscape is undergoing profound adjustments. Human society is ushering in new opportunities for the development and progress. At the same time, the development and progress of human civilization has also encountered many new situations and problems like violence and terrorism, energy security, food security, major infectious diseases, climate change and other global challenges. Common opportunities should be shared, and common challenges should be addressed together. Never in the history of mankind have countries been so closely linked to each other, and never have the weal and woe of mankind been so closely interrelated. The joint effort to promote the building of a community of shared future for mankind with the theme of peaceful development and win-win cooperation is becoming an irreversible world trend.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, friends!

 

Culture is a unique and inherent power formed by human beings during survival and development. The excellent cultures of different peoples in the world have been inherited, developed, and integrated in various aspects including economy, politics, social affairs, and human-nature relations, providing abundant wisdom for the pursuit of human progress, and generating irreplaceable guidance, cohesion, and creativity. Lives under the heaven share a common origin, and mankind stemmed from the same root. The unique cultures of different peoples living on the same planet constitute a cultural garden shared by the entire human race. At a time when people of all countries are seeking peace, development, and security with a need to get out of the economic and ecological crisis, it is more necessary to establish the global concept of building a community of shared future for mankind; it is increasingly imperative to harness new culture, thinking, and moral behaviors to consolidate and deepen the common ground of development, interests, and problem-solving; it is requisite to insist on addressing conflicts and disagreements through negotiation under the guidance of mutual trust, equality, shared benefit, inclusiveness and two-way learning and based on a spirit of responsibility to both our own people and the people of the world.

 

A community of shared future for mankind, as we advocate, has a very rich connotation as the core of world view, which contains a new concept of equality, inclusiveness, exchange, and mutual learning among various civilizations, foreshadowing the basic direction and trend of the future development of human civilization. It calls for people to stand in the development of human civilization and the exchange and mutual appreciation of different civilizations to profoundly understand and comprehend. We should uphold the value of such a community. In today's world, human beings live in a world made up of different cultures, races, colors, religions and social systems, and all peoples have formed a common homeland in the world where people are intertwined. Efforts to build a community of interests, responsibilities and shared future are the sacred mission given by the times. We should inject into the community an important impetus of exchange and mutual learning. Diversity spurs interaction among civilizations, which in turn promotes mutual learning and their further development. The exchange and mutual learning among civilizations is one of the driving forces for the development and progress of human civilization. The development and progress of civilization of each nation is based not obly on the evolution and accumulation of its own social life, but also on the essence of other civilizations. The history of human civilization reveals that only through mutual exchange and learning can civilizations be full of vitality and vigor, and so can mankind increasingly prosper and develop. The basic feature of diversity and equality should be grasped. The development of human civilization is not an isolated endeavor or a solo but a colorful manuever or an all-encompassing concerto. To exchange and appreciate the true meaning of various civilizations, we must uphold the concept of equality, give up the sense of exclusiveness, remove prejudice and arrogance, and abandon the pursuit of economic, political and cultural hegemony. We should respect the diversity of civilizations, fully affirm the value of various civilizations, and respect the basic norms of cultural coexistence and integration. We should follow the trend of human civilization that features inclusiveness and mutual benefits. We should cherish all achievements of any civilization. Only in this way can a harmonious pattern of mutual learning, understanding, and respect be formed in the family of nations in which more attentions are paid to interests of different parties with more convergence of interests and win-win development.

 

It is something inherent in the concept of a community of shared future for mankind to correctly treat the civilizations of different countries and nations and promote openness, inclusiveness, exchange, and mutual appreciation among civilizations. Diverse and colorful human civilizations have their own value of existence. We should handle the differences between our civilization and other civilizations rationally. We should recognize that the civilization of each country and nation is unique, recognize differences and respect diversity based on equality. We should uphold the concept of "harmony without conformity, common grounds without assimilation" and adhere to the principle of "seeking common ground while reserving differences and working together for common progress" in the exchange and mutual learning to form a "community of human destiny". In the exchange and mutual appreciation, we will adhere to the concept of "harmony but differences, common but not differentiation" and the principle of "seeking common ground while reserving differences and moving forward together" to form "a world in which countries treasure their own distinct heritages, appreciate other cultures and promote shared prosperity".

 

History has repeatedly proved that any attempt to reduce civilizational differences by coercion is bound to fail and will bring disaster to the development of world civilization. It is anachronistic and is doomed to be eliminated by history if any country or bloc of countries wants to continue to insist on "egocentrism", flaunt its power, bully the weak with its strength, frustrate the poor with its wealth, oppress the small with the large, and coerce or induce others to behave to their liking.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, friends!

 

Chinese civilization remains uninterrupted for more than 5,000 years. The Chinese culture, which is profound and responsive to the times, has provided the Chinese nation with a great nourishment for its growth and development in the past and its efforts to realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation at present.

 

The concept of a community of shared future for humanity is like the cultural value of harmony that Chinese culture upholds. The Chinese culture of "harmony", a key feature, has a long history. The history of Chinese civilization proves that the development process of civilization cannot be separated from a harmonious environment, and only harmony can make civilization long-lasting. The cultural value of harmony is in line with China's historical and cultural psychology of more than 5,000 years and has become the epistemological basis and an important ideological source for China's advocacy of a community of human destiny. The ancient Chinese have long envisioned "common good" on earth, advocating that "the great way of the world follows the same route", and aspiring to a diversified and harmonious world. They advocated "harmony among all nations" and "all under the heaven belong to one family", and their peace-loving consciousness is deeply embedded in the spiritual world of the Chinese people. Chinese culture highlights the importance of "harmony without conformity", "common development", "inclusiveness" and "tolerance", which reflect the pursuit of mutual respect and coexistence of diverse civilizations. The road of socialism with Chinese characteristics that the Chinese people are embarking on and will continue to uphold is a path of peaceful, innovative, coordinated, open, green, and shared development, and a path of development that is compatible with the excellent civilizations around the world and with the outstanding culture cultures of the Chinese nation.

 

As an important force in maintaining lasting world peace and promoting balanced world economic development, China actively participates in global development cooperation, assumes international responsibilities and obligations, jointly addresses global issues and challenges, and plays the role of a responsible great power in international and regional affairs. A single flower does not make spring while one hundred flowers in full blossom bring spring to the garden. The initiative of building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road proposed by President Xi Jinping aims to promote cooperation and seek a win-win situation, and thus has received positive responses from more than 70 countries and international organizations. "The Belt and Road Initiative", which upholds the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution, and shared benefits, is to create a genuine road of mutual respect and trust, win-win cooperation. and two-way learning, promoting "interconnectivity" among different countries, nationalities and cultures, enhancing consensus and friendship, boosting communication of strategic development, and sharing in opportunities, experiences and interests.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, friends!

 

Building a community of shared future for mankind is a magnificent undertaking belonging to the world, at the same time, it is also a Chinese dream and global dream requiring long-term struggle and painstaking efforts from all sides. To make the idea of a community of share future for mankind widely recognized, there must be a solid cultural support. It is a major and unshirkable issue before us to gather the cultural forces of the world's peoples and many nationalities, create a new civilization for building such community, and promote a new development pathway of human civilization. In this regard, I would like to put forward the following initiatives.

 

First, we should insist on mutual respect and promote the eclectic exchange of civilizations. Civilizations are only unique, and no one is superior to the other. We should respect the diversity of civilizations, recognize of the differences of civilizations with an attitude of respecting and learning from each other, only in this way can the world be colorful and vibrant. To build a community of shared future for mankind, we should focus on the civilizational progress of mankind, transcend the barriers, disputes and conflicts among different countries, nations and civilizations, adhere to equal exchanges, inclusiveness and mutual learning, seek consensus in differences, pursue common ground in diversity, and promote the harmonious development of world civilization in the joint efforts.

 

Second, we should adhere to the grassroots to strengthen the bridge of people-to-people exchanges. The relationship between countries is ultimately a relationship between peoples. "People-to-people exchanges hold key to state-to-state relations, and the closeness of hearts and minds holds key to people-to-people exchanges." Such trickle of heartfelt communications of people across countries, nationalities and differences in beliefs and cultures tacitly bridge the gap between the people's ideological understanding and emotional habits, thus enhancing mutual trust and resolving prejudices and differences. The foundation of humanistic exchanges lies in the people, especially in the youth. We should adhere to the principle of the governance by the government and the people with a wide range of participation to broaden the platform.

 

Third, we should continue mutual learning and jointly promote "the Belt Road Initiative" construction. The Initiative is an effective and important way to build a community of shared future for mankind, with cultural vitality of civil interaction and exchange being the breeding ground for the project. The ancient Silk Road is the common cultural heritage of the world, and the countless wonderful stories happened along it have left a profound imprint on the history of exchanges on human civilization from generation to generation. The modern intersection and consensus of history and culture of the countries along the route is an important fulcrum for people-to-people exchanges today, so we should jointly strengthen the discovery and protection of the ancient Silk Road's historical and cultural heritage, widely carry out cultural communications, academic exchanges and media cooperation, inherit and carry forward mutual traditional friendship, so that the people of the countries along the route can seek common ground while preserving differences with mutual understanding and trust in a harmonious and peaceful life.

 

Fourth, we should uphold people-oriented methodology that provides a profound source of power to build a community of shared future for mankind. People are the main body of historical activities. The construction of a new civilization called for by the times ultimately falls in line with the needs and interests of the people and cannot be achieved without the understanding and active participation of the people. This requires a high degree of convergence of the wisdom and power of the people, a comprehensive discovery of the initiative, ingenuity and creativity of the people, and attitude of people worldwide living on the same planet to live together in tolerance and harmony. We need the wisdom and power of the people to pursue development, promote a transformation of production and lifestyle towards a green, low-carbon, energy-saving, culturally advanced and healthy way, and advocate the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. To maintain lasting world peace and international security, we must, likewise, see the contradictory phenomena that lead to war and turmoil in the world with fairness and justice and responsibility to the people under the principles stipulated in the UN Charter. We should strive to steer away from warfare and chaos towards peace and safety and create a beautiful world in which all people share benefits through dialogues and consultations made possible by people’s wisdom and power, instead of harboring prejudices and discrimination that only exasperate the tense situation.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, friends!

 

Building a new international relation with win-win cooperation at its core and creating a community of shared future for mankind is in line with the common aspirations of people all over the world and is becoming an increasingly popular trend. Excellent cultures of the world, including the outstanding traditional culture of the Chinese nation contain infinite wisdom and power. It is the right time for culture to play its due role. We hope that guests and friends will take the opportunity of this Forum to contribute wisdom, deepen consensus, enhance trust, and deepen friendship, which will gift the Forum a fruitful result.

 

The Forum is a vivid practice to strengthen the exchange and integration of civilizations between China and the world and to promote all-round interconnection under the framework of "Belt and Road Initiative". China is taking action to build a new civilization with a community of shared future for mankind. It is also necessary for China and other countries in the world to work in unison to seek a confluence of development interests and a point of convergence for exchange and cooperation to move hand in hand towards a new era of development on human civilization!

 

Finally, I sincerely wish the conference a complete success, and wish all the guests smooth work, happy life, and good health!


Thank you!



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