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Xi Jinping's Foreign Exchange Speech| Xi Jinping's Initiative to Host This Grand Gathering of Civilizations Is of Great Significance
2019-05-13
The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia was held in Shanghai on May 21st 2014. Shot by Pang xinglei, a journalist from Xinhua News Agency
 
President Xi Jinping gave a speech at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015. Shot by Lan Hongguang, a journalist from Xinhua  News Agency
 
Colorful Asia with kinds of amorous feelings. Shot by Tao Ming, Du Xiaoyi, Yang Zhou and Zheng Huansong, journalists of Xinhua News Agency
 
President Xi Jinping Delivered an important speech at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Shot by Yao Dawei, a journalist from Xinhua News Agency
 
China's home-court diplomacy had been brilliant and seen many climaxes.
 
On May 15, China will usher in another international grand event--- Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations.
 
Xi proposed such a conference by himself.
 
When speaking at the fourth summit meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Shanghai in 2014, he mentioned the Conference for the first time.
 
"China calls for promoting exchanges and mutual learning among different civilizations and regions through various means, such as holding conferences for dialogues among Asian civilizations so as to draw each other’s strengths and achieve common progress."
 
At  the annual Boao Forum for Asia in 2015, he proposed it again:
 
"China proposes that a conference of dialogue among Asian civilizations be held to provide a platform upon which to enhance interactions among the youth, people's groups, local communities and the media and to form a network of think-tank cooperation, so as to add to Asian people's rich cultural life and contribute to more vibrant regional cooperation and development."
 
Why did President Xi Jinping propose such an initiative?
 
We can find the answer in his words. First of all, Asia's own splendid history of diverse civilizations has laid a solid foundation for dialogue and exchange:
 
"History, over the past millennia, has witnessed ancient civilizations appear and thrive along the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers, the Indus, the Ganges, the Euphrates, and the Tigris River as well as in Southeast Asia, each adding its own splendor to the progress of human civilization. Today, Asia has proudly maintained its distinct diversity and still nurtures all the civilizations, ethnic groups and religions in this big Asian family."
 
One of the most memorable and internationally influential statements came from President Xi Jinping's speech at UNESCO Headquarters in March 2014.
 
Whether different civilizations are in conflict or dialogue, confrontation or cooperation has become a question of human civilization.
 
Therefore, the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations initiated and hosted by China also has a clear significance of the times-to provide new ideas to solve the puzzles of the times and to show eastern wisdom and the mind of great powers.