Mutual Learning among Civilizations for Common Prosperity
The 2023 Beijing International Media Forum kicked off in Beijing on October 14. The forum, themed on “Mutual Learning among Civilizations for Common Prosperity—Protection and Utilization of World Cultural Heritage,” invited nearly a hundred leaders of journalist organizations and media representatives from over 60 Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) participating countries and regions for in-depth discussions. Wu Xu, Council Member of the All-China Journalists Association, Chen Yuming, Vice President of China Public Diplomacy Association, and Xu Hejian, Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and Director of the Information Office of Beijing Municipal People’s Government, delivered welcome speeches at the opening ceremony.
Wu Xu said that international media exchange and cooperation will become an important channel to promote mutual understanding among people of all countries, so as to jointly promote the progress of human civilizations.
Chen Yuming noted that the Global Civilization Initiative, an essential part of the concept of building a global community of shared future, advocates respecting the diversity of world civilizations, promoting the common values of all mankind, attaching importance to the inheritance and innovation of civilizations, and strengthening people-to-people exchanges and cooperation globally.
According to Xu Hejian, Beijing boats more than 500,000 years of human history, 3,068 years of city history, and 870 years of capital history. It is home to seven World Cultural Heritage sites. Beijing’s Central Axis, a giant cluster of buildings and urban spaces that stretches 7.8 kilometers, has a history of more than 750 years.
Keynote speeches were made at the forum to discuss the main roles, opportunities and challenges facing the international media in the protection and utilization of world cultural heritage, among Chen Mingjie, Party Secretary and Director of Beijing Municipal Cultural Heritage Bureau, Wang Min, Vice President of China News Service, Marek Traczyk, President of the Polish Media Association and the Polish Chamber of Commerce, Warsaw, Tang Yuyang, Executive Vice President of the Academy of Architectural Heritage of Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Research Institute of Beijing Great Wall Culture, Georgios Gavalas, Secondary Vice President of the Journalists’ Union of the Athens, Greece, and Wang Guanghao, Former Director of the Archeology Department of Wuhan University and Director of the Beijing Art Museum.
The Joint Initiative of the Beijing International Media Forum was also launched at the forum, calling on all parties to protect the diversity of civilizations through exchanges and mutual learning, advocate the shared values of human beings through understanding and tolerance, practice cultural inheritance and innovation by preserving legacies and breaking new grounds, and facilitate dialogue and collaboration among civilizations through win-win cooperation.
On Thursday and Friday, foreign media workers were organized to report on three of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in Beijing — the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, and to enjoy a Kunqu Opera performance, so as to learn about the city’s efforts and achievements in cultural heritage protection.