By Keutkhuanchai Malychansy
(KPL) The Conference on Dialogue of Asia Civilization (CDAC) under the theme “Mutual Exchanges of Asian Civilization and a Community of Shared Future for Mankind” was opened on May 15 in Beijing of China in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdara who led a delegation from Laos participated in the meeting along with more than 2,000 representatives of state-private organizations from 47 Asia countries.
CDAC provided the participants with the opportunity to discuss exchanges and mutual learning among Asian countries, especially on culture, sports, and education.
“Being one of the earliest human settlements and a major birthplace of human civilization, Asia takes up one third of the total land on Earth, has two thirds of the global population, and consists of 47 countries and more than 1,000 ethnic groups,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“Asian people have made incredible cultural achievements over the past thousands of years and they have started cultural exchanges and mutual learning since the early days,” said the Chinese president.
He urged Asian countries to grasp overall situation and strive to turn people’s aspiration for a better life into reality, and to conduct exchanges and mutual learning in a reciprocal, equal, diversified and multi-directional manner.
“I hope all Asian countries will respect and trust each other, co-exist in harmony, expand cross-border, cross-time-and-space as well as cross-civilization exchanges, and jointly maintain the peaceful time that is more valuable than gold, all Asian countries will jointly promote economic globalization that is open, inclusive, balanced, and beneficial to all, and work together to eliminate poverty and backwardness in some countries,” Xi said.
“Culture plays an important role in the process of national socio-economic development. The development of communities cannot be a success if one neglects one’s own valuable culture. Culture is the fundamental basis for establishing and maintaining a lasting friendly relationship,” said Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdara.
The minister also spoke highly of the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative and considered it as a global programme to connect one continent to another through building infrastructure with high quality, sustainability, risk resilience, reasonable pricing, inclusiveness and accessibility.
“This will serve to increase exchange of goods and services on a large scale, including the flow of investment and tourism as well as people to people connectivity in the near future,” said Minister Bosengkham.