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Xi Jinping sent a letter congratulating the 120th anniversary of the discovery and study of oracle bone inscriptions
2019-11-03

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, President of the People's Republic of China and president of the Central Military Commission, recently sent a letter to congratulate the 120th anniversary of the discovery and study of oracle bone inscriptions and extended warm congratulations and sincere greetings to experts and scholars who have long been devoted to carrying forward the fine traditional culture of oracle bone inscriptions.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out in his congratulatory letter that the great discovery of the oracle bones inscriptions on the Yinxu is of epoch-making significance in the history of Chinese civilization and even the development of human civilization. Oracle Bone Inscription is the earliest mature character system found in China so far. It is the source of Chinese characters and the root of Chinese excellent traditional culture. It is worthy of being cherished and better inherited and developed.

 

Xi Jinping stressed that in the 70 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Party and the state have attached great importance to the inheritance and development of the fine traditional Chinese culture represented by oracle bone inscriptions, carried out research and application of oracle bone inscriptions in coordination with various departments and disciplines, and trained a number of interdisciplinary talents. After several generations of hard work, remarkable achievements have been made in the research of oracle bone inscriptions. Under the new situation, it is necessary to ensure that the study of oracle bone inscriptions and other ancient characters is done and passed on. It is hoped that researchers will strengthen their cultural confidence, carry forward the old scholar's feeling of home and good style of study, conduct in-depth research on the historical thoughts and cultural values of oracle bone inscriptions, promote exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations, and make new and greater contributions to the development of Chinese civilization and the progress of human society.

 

The congratulatory letter from Xi Jinping was read at a symposium marking the 120th anniversary of the discovery of oracle bone inscriptions at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 1. Sun Chunlan, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice premier of the State Council, addressed the meeting. She said: Oracle bone inscriptions is a distinctive symbol of Chinese civilization in the millennium and an important contribution to human civilization. We should conscientiously implement General Secretary Xi Jinping's important instructions and sprits of the congratulatory letter, thoroughly study and implement the spirit of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, further deepen the study and application of oracle bone inscriptions, strengthen collection protection, and do a good job in sorting out and marking information to ensure the safety of cultural relics. It is necessary to promote bibliographic textual research and interpretation, and comprehensively use artificial intelligence identification and other technical means to promote new breakthroughs in research. It is necessary to strengthen the support for the cultivation of oracle bone science talents, promote the cross-disciplinary integration, and constantly improve the overall quality and innovation ability. We should promote the activation and utilization, carry forward the fine traditional Chinese culture, deepen international exchanges, and highlight the cultural charm and contemporary value of oracle bone inscriptions.

 

Representatives of relevant experts and responsible comrades of the Ministry of Education and Henan Province spoke at the symposium.

 

The discovery of oracle bone inscriptions in 1899 is a great event in the history of Chinese civilization and even human civilization. Oracle bone inscriptions is the source of Chinese characters, is the symbol of Chinese civilization for thousands of years, with lofty symbolic significance. As one of the four ancient scripts in the world, oracle bone inscriptions have also made great contributions to promoting the process of world civilization, and have been successfully included in UNESCO's Memory of the World List.