In a key-note speech at the International Conference Commemorating the 2565th Anniversary of the birth of Confucius and the fifth Congress of the International Confucian Association, President Xi Jinping called for a dialogue among cultures. “Culture is the soul of a nation,” President Xi said.
“If a country or a nation does not cherish its own thinking and culture, if they lose their soul, no matter which country or which nation, it will not be able to stand..Countries must value and maintain their own thinking and culture, while recognizing and respecting others,..
Individual modes of thought are special in their different ways and there is no culture or thinking that is superior to others..And irrespective of their size and strength, all countries’ thinking and cultures deserve to be recognized and respected.’
All countries and nations should learn and draw on the strength and quintessence of others’ ideology and culture. This is an important condition to encourage dignity, confidence and strength of native ideology and culture.”
he said, while stressing that every nation should value and maintain its own ideology and culture.
“Any kind of civilization, no matter which country or nation it originated from, is fluid and open,”
Xi said, noting that such a flow is an important rule for the spread and development of civilizations.
“Chinese civilization has become more rich and colorful through exchanges with others and in return made great contributions to human civilization in history,”
Xi said, citing the opening of the ancient Silk Road and the foreign diplomats sent to China in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), among other developments.
“Confucianism originated from China and it has long been part of human civilization.”‘