Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations
President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations. With the theme of "Exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a community with a shared future," the conference aims to deepen cooperation among Asian countries.
Our vast and fertile plains, beautiful river basins, large steppes, immense deserts, mighty rivers and oceans, and lofty mountains have nourished and enriched diverse and colorful civilizations across Asia.
When peace is interrupted by conflicts or war, economic growth, decent lives, social stability and people-to-people exchanges will all be out of the question.
We hope that all countries will respect and trust each other, live in harmony, and interact with each other in a manner that transcends national boundaries, time and space as well as the differences between civilizations. We should work together to safeguard peace, as that is something even more precious than gold.
If countries choose to close their doors and hide behind them, human civilizations would be cut off from each other and lose all vitality.
Civilizations only vary as the same way human beings differ in skin color and languages they use. No civilization is superior to others.
It is foolish to believe that one's race and civilization are superior to others, and it is disastrous to willfully reshape or even replace other civilizations. If human civilizations are reduced to one single color, or one single model, the world would become a stereotype, and too dull a place to live in.