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Build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind and Usher in a Better Future

October12,2021

Zhou  Shu  chun

 

Your Excellency Vice Chairman Wang Chen,

Distinguished Leaders, Guests and Friends,

It is of great significance that we convene the 6th Annual Conference of the Taihu World Cultural Forum themed “Mutual Learning Among Civilizations: Jointly Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind” soon after we put the permanent site of the Forum in the Ancient Residence Expo Park, situated near Longzi Lake of Bengbu, a city with a special position in Chinese geography, history and culture. Just as Vice Chairman Wang Chen pointed out in his keynote speech, the important task of this Annual Conference is to implement President Xi Jinping's important instructions that the Taihu World Cultural Forum serves as “an important platform for promoting exchange and mutual learning among civilizations” and “plays a greater role in promoting inter-civilization dialogue and exchanges”.

In his important speech marking the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), General Secretary Xi Jinping put forward“nine core principles”upon “creating a brighter future by learning from history”, one of which was "we must continue to build a community with a shared future for mankind". In recent years, "building a community with a shared future for mankind" has become the theme of the annual conference of the Forum. Over the past three years since the last annual conference, and in particular during the period of COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the world, we have gained a deep understanding of the shared future of all countries and the importance and urgency of implementing President Xi Jinping's vision of "building a community with a shared future for mankind". When the world undergoes profound changes unseen in a century, as an important platform for inter-civilization exchanges and mutual learning, we shall step up exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations and build a community of shared future for mankind.

First, promote mutual understanding so that the world can understand China and Chinese culture. “Peace, amity and harmony is an important idea which Chinese nation have pursued and passed on for more than 5,000 years”, said General Secretary Xi Jinping in his “July 1st Speech”. To promote mutual learning among civilizations, we must, on the one hand, hold high the banner of “peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit” and build China's image as a responsible major country of the builder of world peace, contributor of global development and defender of the international order. On the other hand, we shall identify and display the spirit of the Chinese excellent traditional culture, draw out the essence of our outstanding traditional culture with the contemporary value and global significance, ensuring the Chinese civilization like the ideology of “both strengthening ourselves and helping others where possible”, spirit of “living in peace and prospering together”, open mind of “peace among all nations”, global perspective of “the common good will prevail under heaven” grow strong constantly, and become an ideological and cultural power of building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Second, build consensus and promote the common values of all mankind. From the UN General Assembly to the World Political Parties Summit, President Xi Jinping has stressed the importance of “promoting the common values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom” and reiterated “being an advocate of the common values of mankind with a high sense of responsibility for the future and destiny of mankind”, highlighting China's responsibility to keep to the right direction of development and promoting common development and prosperity of all countries in the changing world and the tide of the times. To promote mutual learning among civilizations, we shall consciously adapt China’s development to the common development of the world, combine the fundamental interests of the Chinese people with the long-term development of human society, continuously ensure that China in the new era stands in the front of the world development trend and takes moral high ground of the humanity value, as well as civilized and progressive major country image dedicated to the shared future of mankind.

Third, uphold our ideals and build a better world. “We live in a world full of both hope and challenges, and can't give up our dreams just because the reality is complicated, or give up our ideals just because they are far away”, General Secretary Xi Jinping said in his report to the 19th CPC National Congress. From the “great harmony of the world” in China to the “Utopia” in the west, countless sages and wise men throughout human history have always dreamed of building a better world. Just as Mr. Fei Xiaotong, a famous sociologist and anthropologist, pointed out, the idea of a “better society” is the universal issue of human society. In the sense of culture and civilization, the establishment of a “better society” and “better world” means it goes from “only one of us is beautiful” and “only one of us is noble”, “those who are not our kin are sure to be of a different heart”, to “great harmony in the world ”, “all of us enjoy the beauty of our own, all of us enjoy the beauty of others, and all of us share the beauty of the world”. To promote mutual learning among civilizations, we shall take “building a better world” put forward by the President Xi as our ultimate goal, expound the concept and proposal about “what kind of a world to build” and “how to build the world” put forward by China in the new era, and further reveal the ideal and pursuit of “striving for progress of humanity”and “striving for world harmony” by the Chinese nation. and usher in a better future and a better world in the process of building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Thank you!

 

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