On May 15, 2019, President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC) at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, and delivered a keynote speech titled "Deepening Exchanges and Mutual Learning Among Civilizations For an Asian Community with a Shared Future", pointing out that the great Asian civilizations have a special place in the annals of world civilizations. The Asian people hope to see peace, stability and common prosperity across Asia, as well as an open and better-connected Asia. We need to respect each other and treat each other as equals. We need to uphold the beauty of each civilization and the diversity of civilizations in the world. We need to stay open and inclusive and draw on each other's strengths. We also need to advance with the times, explore new ground in development, and strengthen popular support for jointly building a community with a shared future for both Asia and humanity as a whole. Xi Jinping emphasized that Chinese civilization, as an inclusive and integrated whole, has become what it is today through constant interactions with other civilizations. In the time to come, China will open its arms wider to embrace the world and contribute the dynamic achievements of Chinese civilization to a better world in the future.
Xi Jinping pointed out that the world today is moving toward greater multi-polarity, economic globalization and cultural diversity, and is becoming increasingly information-oriented. All this points to promising prospects for the future. Meanwhile, instability and uncertainties are mounting and the global challenges faced by humanity are becoming ever more daunting. To meet our common challenges and create a better future for all, we look to culture and civilization to play their role, which is as important as the role played by economy, science and technology. The CDAC is convened just for this purpose, as it creates a new platform for civilizations in Asia and beyond to engage in dialogue and exchanges on an equal footing to facilitate mutual learning.
Xi Jinping pointed out that Asia is home to one of the earliest human settlements and an important cradle of human civilizations. In building our civilizations over the course of several millennia, we the people of Asia have made splendid achievements. Thanks to exchanges and mutual learning among themselves and with other civilizations in the world, Asian civilizations have grown from strength to strength. The great Asian civilizations have a special place in the annals of world civilizations, and they have added to the diversity of human civilizations. We should have greater confidence in our civilizations. We may build on the rich heritage of our forefathers, stay engaged with other civilizations and increase mutual learning. By doing so, we will add new glory to Asian civilizations.
Xi Jinping stressed that we Asian countries are closely connected and share a natural bond of affinity. We went through similar historical trials and hold the same dream for the future. Going forward, we need to see where the world is going, ride on the trend of the times and turn our people's longing for a better life into reality. We Asian people hope to see peace and stability across Asia. 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 difference between civilizations. We should work together and jointly safeguard peace, something that is even more precious than gold. We Asian people hope to see common prosperity in Asia. We hope that countries will work together to promote economic globalization and make it more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all. Doing so will enable us to eradicate poverty and backwardness that still plague people in some countries. It will make life carefree for our children. We Asian people hope to see an open and better-connected Asia. We Asian people hope that all countries will uphold openness and promote policy, infrastructure, trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity. This way, we can jointly foster a community with a shared future for both us Asians and all humanity.