International judges share dialogue on Global Civilization Initiative

Judges raise their hands for opportunities to express their views.

A total of 9 international judges exchanged ideas on the Global Civilization Initiative at the inaugural Orchid Awards final selection meeting in Beijing on Thursday.

They proposed that a strong relationship between countries depends on the mutual understanding and closeness between their peoples, which in turn depends on the blending of their cultures.

They believed different civilizations may have varying interpretations of values and beliefs, but the desire for a better life is universal among people from all nations. By actively embracing the Global Initiative for Civilization, identifying common ground between different cultures and fostering mutual understanding, can solid foundation be established to build a community with a shared destiny for humanity.

The awards were initiated by the China International Communications Group and are aimed at promoting exchanges and interactions between China and the world, as well as fostering mutual understanding among nations.

Du Zhanyuan, president of the communications group, said; "The initial intention of CICG initiating the establishment of the Orchid Awards fully aligns with the connotations of the Global Civilization Initiative, which is an important practice to promote the prosperity of the world civilization and the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind."

James Heimowitz, president at China Institute based in the US and a judge for the awards, said; "Globalization has made our connections even closer, forming a common global village and community. I hope everyone can become a friendship ambassador and interact with people from other countries and promote friendship as much as possible."

Zhou Shuchun, former chief editor of China Daily, said: "We need to connect the Global Civilization Initiative with the judgment of the world's century-old changes, the promotion of the common values of all humanities, and the concept of promoting the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind.”

Wang Huiyao, founder of the Center for China and Globalization, said, "The best way to address misunderstandings and conflicts between the East and the West is through cultural exchanges, promoting civilizational exchanges and mutual learn-ing.” Wang said the awards will play a positive role in echoing the Global Civilization Initiative and promoting civilizational exchanges and mutual learning.

The first Orchid Awards collected submissions from more than 300 individuals and organizations, including those from the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Russia, Australia and South Africa.

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