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Symposium on "Deepening Mutual Understanding between Chinese and African Civilizations Based on Fine Traditional Culture" Held


2024-03-01 06:24

On January 25, an international symposium on "Deepening Mutual Understanding between Chinese and African Civilizations Based on Fine Traditional Culture" was held in Beijing. Gao Xiang, President of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and President of Chinese Academy of History, attended the meeting and delivered a speech.

Gao Xiang said that China-Africa friendship has a long history and is unending. This friendship has come a long way from history and remains firm and strong to this day. China and Africa are indispensable to human civilization. However, there is ignorance, arrogance and prejudice towards Chinese history and African history in mainstream historiography and textbooks of some Western countries. It is the common task of Chinese and African historians to return the real Chinese and African history to the people and tell the world.

Gao Xiang pointed out that Chinese civilization and African civilization are both gorgeous flowers blossoming in the garden of world civilization, and they have high similarity and compatibility. The common recognition of the Chinese and African people on the concepts of collectivism, peaceful development and opposition to hegemony has not only outlined the magnificent historical picture of mutual respect and mutual assistance between the two sides since ancient times, but also laid a solid cultural foundation for the inheritance and development of the spirit of Sino-African friendship and cooperation in the new era. The success of Chinese-style modernization fully demonstrates that there is diversity in human civilization, and there is no difference between the advantages and disadvantages of different civilizations. China and Africa are peers on the road of modernization, and the value consensus between the two civilizations will lay the foundation for mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation between China and Africa in the new era. The historical mission of comprehensively promoting the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation by means of Chinese-style modernization and the important task of realizing regional integration and modernization in Africa can be organically combined in the same direction, thus injecting a new era of connotation into China-Africa civilizational mutual understanding.

Gao Xiang pointed out that since entering the new era, China-Africa relations have continuously stepped up to a new level and entered a new stage of building a high-level community of destiny between China and Africa. China is the largest developing country, Africa is the continent with the highest concentration of developing countries, and we are both members of the global South. Strengthening cooperation between China and Africa and jointly exploring the path to modernization and building a new form of human civilization will greatly promote the overall rise of the global South and the progress of human civilization. It is hoped that the ships carrying the fine traditional cultures of China and Africa will sail alongside each other on the vast ocean of human civilization, and that they will sing together the strong voice of the times of gathering the power of civilization for the development and progress of mankind, so that the modern civilization of the Chinese nation and the modern civilization of Africa will stand in a more vigorous manner at the head of the tide of the times of building a community of human destiny.

Thirteen ambassadors, chargés d'affaires and envoys of African countries, including Martin Mbana, Ambassador of the Republic of Cameroon and Head of the African Mission in China, and Rahmantala Ousmane, Permanent Representative of the AU Representation in China, as well as Nkolo Foué, representative of the African scholars in China and professor of the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon, participated in the symposium. They said that the exploration of history helps us better draw experience, wisdom and confidence from it, and then promote the development of the present. Both China and Africa have ancient history, splendid culture and rich heritage, and have made great contributions to the progress of human civilization. Although China and Africa are separated by thousands of miles, they have a long history of interaction, which has shone brightly in the history of human civilization exchange. Especially in the 21st century, China-Africa civilization exchanges and mutual understanding have been deepening, and China-Africa cooperation under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation has become a model for promoting world civilization exchanges and mutual understanding and building a community of human destiny. African countries look forward to further strengthening understanding, enhancing consensus and deepening cooperation with China, joining hands to build a closer community of destiny between China and Africa, and jointly promoting world peace and progress.

Translated by Mengjiao Zhou


2024-03-01 02:24
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