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《Paris Summit》


Paris Declaration-The Eternal Channel for Cultural Communications between China and Western Countries

From March 31st to April 1st 2014, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France, politicians,scholars and media persons from many countries in the world gather together here in Paris, France to jointly participate in “Taihu World Cultural Forum 2014 Paris Summit” co-held by Taihu World Cultural Forum, China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Gansu Province People’s Government, Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and French Foundation of Prospective and Innovation,to discuss the historic value of the Silk Road and its meaning to the contemporary world and to promote friendship between China and France, as well as world harmony. Hereby, the declaration is as follows:

The Silk Road is the world-class cultural heritage with profound history, which crosses over continents and is commonly owned by many countries. It includes many main roads such as Grassland Silk Road, Oasis Silk Road, Southwest Silk Road, Maritime Silk Road,etc., which is created by numerous ancestors and pioneers through overcoming many obstacles and taking up the positions of the fallen and rising to fight one after another and is a huge road network crossing the west and the east and connecting Europe and Asia. There are inexhaustible outcomes of cultural innovation on the Silk Road. Gansu in China as one of the crucial sites of the Silk Road created splendid Dunhuang culture, which has won a good reputation around the world.

 The Silk Road promoted the communications and spread of material civilization and spiritual civilization, brought various outcomes of material civilization into common wealth of all human beings and enabled different civilizations to integrate with each other and develop further, which best and historically witnessed the love for peace and friendly exchanges of people from different countries. The spirit of the Silk Road lies in the belief that countries with different races, beliefs and cultural backgrounds could completely and totally share peace and common development as long as they insist on solidarity and mutual trust, equality and mutual benefits, inclusiveness and mutual learning and win-win cooperation.

 The friendly exchanges between China and France in the past 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations  are far more than bilateral relations and set up a good example of peaceful co-existence between countries with different social systems and cultural traditions, fully embodying the spirits of the Silk Road. The key to carrying on and forward the spirits of the Silk Road is to insist on equality and mutual benefits; the core of it is to stick to inclusiveness and mutual learning; and the motivation comes from the dedication to win-win cooperation. Mutual inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual attraction among different cultures should be advocated to push the great cause of world peace and development forward.

International cooperation on the protection of heritage on the Silk Road should be vigorously enhanced and different national cultures should be developed in the innovation-driven manner based on strengthening the foundation of traditional culture. Conclusions and research on historical experience of cultural convergence,integration and development should be further promoted to improve dialogues, cooperation and common progress of different civilizations.

We should actively respond to the initiatives of constructing “The Silk Road Economic Belt” and “The 21st Maritime Silk Road”put forward by President Xi Jinping of China to vigorously promote the construction of new Silk Roads. We sincerely hope that talents in all countries could work together for this big project, invest your passion into it and make full use of cultural power, to enhance political mutual trust, economic cooperation and people-to-people exchanges among different countries and to jointly write a new chapter for the Silk Road.


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