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Enjoy the Beauty of the Landscape, Appreciate the Prosperity of the Culture

October12,2021

Zheng  Shan  jie

 

Your Excellency Vice Chairman Wang Chen,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends,

Good morning!

Today, friends from home and abroad are gathering in Bengbu, the “City of Pearl”, to discuss cultural cooperation and seek exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations. First of all, on behalf of the CPC Anhui Provincial Committee and the Anhui Provincial People's Government, I’d like to extend warm congratulations on the opening of the 6th Annual Conference of Taihu World Cultural Forum, and sincere welcome to all of the guests present here.

General Secretary Xi Jinping attaches great importance to the Forum, deeply expounds its important role and places high expectations on it, which provides a fundamental basis for us to organize the Forum successfully. As a permanent site of the annual conference of the Forum, Anhui will study and implement the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping, keep their mission firmly in mind, fulfill their responsibilities, be a good messenger of cultural exchanges, play a bigger role in promoting dialogue and exchanges among civilizations, and make due contribution to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind and a better world.

The culture in Anhui province has a long and continuous history, has bred the light of civilization. More than 2 million years ago, the Renzi Cave Site in Fanchang County is one of the earliest paleolithic human cultural sites in Eurasia Continent. Not far from here are the neolithic relics of Shuangdun in Bengbu and Lingjiatan in Hanshan, which lit up the dawn of civilization in Huai River and Yangtze River. Huaihe Culture, Wanjiang Culture and Huizhou Culture each show their charm. Huizhou studies, together with Tibetan studies and Dunhuang studies, are called three prominent local studies in China. Among the brilliant and gorgeous civilization of the stars, Anhui is like a dazzling star, shining with the light of oriental wisdom.

Various Anhui cultural schools, each leading the way, are blooming the flower of civilization. Pre-Qin Taoism is one of the two pillars of traditional Chinese culture. Lao Tzu's thinking about heaven, earth and mankind has a far-reaching influence on the development of world philosophy, known as “the world's spiritual nurturers”. Jian 'an Literature, represented by Cao Cao, has opened a generation of poetic style, the Cheng and Zhu Neo-confucianism, which collected the greatest achievements of Confucianism, has reached a peak in the history of Chinese philosophy, and the Tongcheng School, which led the Qing Literary Circle, enjoyed a long reputation. Chen Duxiu and Hu Shi, the pioneers of the new culture in Anhui, opened the gate of modern China's ideological liberation. The intense collision of the sparks of thought has fostered a colorful cultural garden and played a symphony of civilization penetrating the heart.

Anhui cultural genes run ceaselessly, and pass from generation to generation, highlighting the power of civilization. Generation after generation of Jianghuai sons and daughters care for the spiritual world with diligence and kindness, adhere to their spiritual home. For more than 300 years during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Huizhou merchants traveled and served all over the world, creating a famous saying that "there is no town without a Hui merchant". Deng Jiaxian, Yang Zhenning and other masters from Anhui climbed one scientific and technological peak after another with their perseverance, the pursuit of excellence. In modern times, the spirits of Dabie Mountain, the New Fourth Army, the Crossing River and the Xiaogang all have become an important part of the spiritual spectrum of Chinese Communists. The galloping cultural river has deeply nurtured the people of Anhui, and also rendered the life background of the children of Jianghuai.

Anhui culture is inclusive and open, showing the beauty of civilization. From the world's first movable type printing and anesthesia surgery, to the first domestic steam engine and motor ship, to the world's first quantum satellite, the thinnest touch glass and so on, all of which were born in Anhui. In recent years, via the “Belt and Road Initiative”, more and more creations, manufacturing and construction in Anhui have gone global.

As General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out, “for a civilization to endure, efforts must be made to keep it alive and build on its heritage from one generation to the next. More importantly, a civilization needs to adapt itself to the changing times and break new ground”. We will follow Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as our guide, take into account “two overall situations”, bear in mind the country’s most fundamental interests, inherit the essence of Chinese culture and absorb the essence of world culture, promote excellent culture to“bring in” and “go global” improving cultural soft power, contributing Anhui power to a colorful and vibrant civilization of the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends,

Cultures become diverse through exchange and rich through mutual learning. We sincerely hope that in accordance with the spirit of President Xi's important speech, countries around the world will help each other, pull together in times of trouble, seek harmony in diversity, work together for a community with a shared future for mankind. We sincerely hope that people with insight will open their hearts and share their wisdom to enhance mutual understanding and build consensus so as to promote cultural prosperity and harmony among civilizations. We sincerely hope that all old and new friends at home and abroad will, as always, care for and support Anhui, and promote the development of various undertakings in Anhui to achieve new and greater progress.

To conclude, I wish this Forum a complete success, and sincerely welcome you to visit more about Anhui, enjoy the beauty of landscape, and appreciate the prosperity of culture.

Thank you!

 

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