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Promote Cultural Diversity in the World and Build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind

October12,2021

Li  Yi

 

Your Excellency Vice Chairman Wang Chen,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Friends,

Good morning! As a Chinese saying goes, “so delighted to see thousands of waves of rice and beans, countless heroes come back under the smoke and sunset”. In this golden autumn season of harvest, more than100 guests from international organizations, over 50 countries and regions and five continents, jointly attended the 6th Annual Conference of Taihu World Cultural Forum held in Bengbu, a beautiful “City of Pearl”. On behalf of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC), I wish to extend a warm welcome to you all, and heartfelt thanks to the leaders at all levels and friends from all walks of life for your strong support to the Forum, and sincere thanks to all the media friends present here.

Today, under the theme of “Mutual Learning Among Civilizations: Jointly Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind”, we make candid discussions and exchanges, breaking down barriers of communication through dialogue, guiding the way forward with wisdom, and building the future of mankind through civilization. In modern times, the world is going through profound change of a scale unseen in a century, especially in the face of the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, people’s life is suffering a huge test, the human society is undergoing profound changes, the world has entered a period of new turbulence and transformation, so no country can go it alone, people all over the world are in urgent need of working together for shared future. Mankind is in a community with a shared future. Peace, development and win-win cooperation have been and will continue to be the trend of our times. China is a pioneer and faithful practitioner of the value of building a community with a shared future for mankind. and has incorporated this concept into all aspects of governance, and obtained full support and active response from Chinese people. At the same time, more and more countries and people have gradually recognized the value through China's practice and actively joined the team of building a community with a shared future for mankind.

--To jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind is in urgent need of the coexistence and development of diverse civilizations. As President Xi Jinping pointed out, no civilization in the world is superior to others; every civilization is special and unique to its own region. Differences among civilizations should not be the root cause of world conflicts, but the driving force of human civilization. The history of human development has amply proved that civilization is by nature pluralistic. There are more than 200 countries and regions, over 2,500 ethnic groups and multiple religions on the earth. Different histories, national conditions, ethnic groups and customs have nurtured different civilizations and made the world a more colorful place. In the process of drawing on each other's strengths, developing and flourishing together, various civilizations have become interdependent and have common natures, forming a colorful and charming landscape of human culture. It can be said that many famous dances, music, literature, painting and crafts at all times and in all countries are unique forms of civilization created on the basis of absorbing the cultural essence of other nations through the exchange and mutual learning of different cultures. Without the diversified development of civilizations, there would be no colorful human culture today. We should sincerely uphold the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, respect differences among civilizations, reject the false notion of a clash of civilizations, and enable civilizations of all countries and ethnic groups to live in peace and mutually benefit from each other's strengths, with a view to achieving diverse co-existence and development of different civilizations.

-- To build a community with a shared future for mankind is in urgent need of innovation and creativity from diverse cultures. Having the whole world in view, human life is experiencing unprecedented changes, such as information and computer revolution, global internet and mobile communication innovation, continuous popularization of digital technology and artificial intelligence, new breakthroughs of biological engineering technology, aerospace technology and so on. These new discoveries and revolutionary new technologies have profound influenc on cultural forms of all countries and have brought about profound changes in cultural concepts and artistic practices. In the process of interaction between times and society, combination between tradition and science & technology, culture and art reflect rapid social development and great changes of people's lives, mirror the light of times, and exude the power to nourish people's hearts and cultivate their spirit. China has always attached great importance to cultural innovation and creation, especially since the 18th CPC National Congress, Chinese people stay committed to carrying forward positive, good and excellent ideology and culture of Chinese nation, and strive for providing Chinese wisdom and solution for great development and prosperity of world culture. The building of a community with a shared future for mankind is inseparable from the cultural innovation and creativity of all countries, and inseparable from the innovative power of human civilization by all ethnic groups. To foster a lush and colorful forest of world cultures, countries, social organizations and visionary people are required to enhance their cultural awareness and confidence, actively reflect on the future and destiny of mankind, step up cultural exchanges and mutual learning, and achieve cultural innovation and development through combination with science and technology, and full cooperation with other countries.

--To jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind is in urgent need of responsibility of cultural workers. President Xi jinping stressed that building a community with a shared future is an exciting goal, and it requires efforts from generation after generation. To achieve this exciting goal, the role of culture and cultural workers is irreplaceable. As the torch of the human spirit, culture can bring light, hope and strength. At present, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is urgent for culture to play an important role in enlightening minds, eliminating ignorance, soothing hearts, gathering strength, strengthening confidence and overcoming difficulties together. Writers and artists from various countries and nations shall stand in the height of the community with a shared future, actively respond to the concerns of the times, grasp accurately its changes with their artistic sensibility and appealing, evaluate and reflect social reality in an aesthetic way, have the courage to answer questions of the times, have proficiency in depicting its beauty, build more typical image with the height of the times, refine more ideas and views that reflect the spirit of the times, create more masterpieces that show the new outlook of world development, inspiring people with thoughts, improving their aesthetics and appreciation of art, and contributing to the progress of human civilization.

The CFLAC is the people's organization in literary and art circles. Over the past 70-plus years since its founding, we have been committed to uniting and serving the Chinese literary and art workers, providing service of cultural life for Chinese people, developing and prospering socialist literature and art undertaking, and holding up the banner of peace, development and cooperation in the process of promoting cultural exchanges with the people all over the world, spreading and developing the concept of building a harmonious world of lasting peace, common prosperity and development, encouraging exchanges and mutual learning among different cultures, working together to form a harmonious, colorful and splendid human culture.

Embracing hope and ushering in the future. We will continue to unite and lead Chinese artists, together with peace-loving artists, friends and social organizations around the world, to contribute to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, to the harmonious development of the world, and to the exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations. We sincerely look forward to working together, with the Taihu World Cultural Forum as a platform, with the Annual Conference as an opportunity, to further deepen the value and concept of building a community with a shared future of mankind, to break conflict with civilization views of equality, mutual learning, dialogue, inclusiveness, enhance cultural, artistic and academic exchanges at all levels, offer more high quality spiritual and cultural products for the people all over the world, jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind in the course of promoting cultural diversity, exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations.

In conclusion, I wish the conference a complete success.

Thank you!

 

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