Madam Liu Yandong addresses the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Sinology

[Source]    Xinhua [Time]    2014-09-07 13:11:43 

BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) – Madam Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of China’s State Council, attended the opening ceremony of the Fourth World Conference on Sinology and delivered a speech.

Madam Liu Yandong addressing the opening ceremony of the Fourth World Conference on Sinology

In her opening speech, Madam Liu remarked that cultural exchanges between China and other countries date back to ancient times. Over the past 400 years, China has established reciprocal relations with its international trade partners, spread Chinese classics worldwide and taken in fine works from other cultures, and exerted impact on other countries’ customs and meanwhile in turn been influenced by them too. Generations of prominent sinologists have devoted their wisdom and strength to promoting cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world as well as the harmonious coexistence and progress of different cultures. In the new era, China will put its cultural development and prosperity in a strategic position. It will be inclusive enough to learn from other excellent cultures and contribute its due share to the cultural diversity of the world.

Madam Liu noted that nowadays each country is unprecedentedly connected with and dependent upon another and that Sinology now plays a vital role in promoting cultural exchanges and friendships between China and foreign countries as well as in aiding China to be better understood. She hoped that the sinologists at home and abroad can strengthen their international cooperation and research, take an active part in the “Confucius China Studies Program”, step up to translate more Chinese excellent literature works, jointly train young future talents and spread and share fine Chinese culture. She also said that people-to-people exchanges need to be deepened so that more foreigners can understand China and thus the Chinese and other peoples can enjoy friendships for generations. She added that since a full understanding of the meaning and value of different cultures is the prerequisite of the elimination of discrimination and misunderstanding, we should be tolerant and seek common ground with other countries to make contributions to the building of a peaceful, flourishing and harmonious world.

Co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Renmin University of China, this year’s World Conference on Sinology featured the theme of “The Exchange and Learning Between ‘East’ and ‘West’: 400 Years in Retrospect”, which attracted over 200 Sinology experts and scholars from 38 different countries and regions. Before the conference, Madam Liu Yandong held a meeting with representatives of foreign sinologists.



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