Dialogue of civilizations opens up prospects for global development

By Md Enamul Hassan
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The dance and percussion performance "The Grand Regatta" is performed at the Asian culture carnival held at the National Stadium, or the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, May 15, 2019. [Phtoo/Xinhua]

China is tirelessly working for the welfare of the world, which can be seen in its great endeavor to build a shared future for all humanity. The endeavor is grounded in the dream of establishing a win-win and prosperous world where no side will be a loser and all are guaranteed to be gainers.

In order to carry the dream forward, China has come up with a win-win cooperative approach going under the title of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Thanks to its open and inclusive nature, it has already become a highly successful platform for global cooperation and development. 

Alongside the principles of extensive consultation and joint contributions for shared benefits, the BRI has taken people-to-people exchanges as one of its five core components. This is definitely the right approach as communications and exchanges among the peoples of different nations are vital for success of any initiative to create shared benefits.

To further promote this approach, China has initiated the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC), which emphasizes the need for dialogue in a time when the entire world is paying high prices for the so-called "clash of civilizations." 

Since the current world is fraught with thorny issues including geopolitical tensions which sometimes lead to outright conflicts and bloody, prolonged wars, the constructive approach of the dialogue provides a welcome alternative , which is encouraging the world to dream of peaceful development.

Against this backdrop, China is hosting the CDAC in Beijing from May 15 to 22. The conference seeks to promote intercultural dialogue aimed at building an "Asian Community of a Shared Future" focused on cultural diversity, exchanges and mutual learning. 

It aims to enhance rich cultural lives for all Asians and contribute to vibrant regional development. The conference emphasizes Asian solutions to benefit its people, Asian wisdom to promote political advancement, and the creation of an Asian community with a shared future.

With the participation of more than 2,000 delegates from 47 Asian and other interested countries and regions, the high-powered conference is considered a platform to showcase Asian cultural traditions, boost exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations and promote cooperation between different countries.

Analysts believe the platform has brought Asian civilizations much closer together in knowing each other, which is a major driving force for promoting world peace and development. Every civilization has been pushing its people ahead with its best characteristics and practices and this conference creates opportunities for all to learn and exchange their best features. 

From this, countries can be inspired to create conditions for other civilizations to develop while keeping their own vibrancy, building a shared future in the days ahead.

Actresses from Thailand perform during the Asian Civilization Parade in the Olympic Park in Beijing, May 16, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

The CDAC facilitates Asian nations to continue writing brilliant new chapters of their own civilizations and to consolidate the cultural foundation of jointly building the desired Asian community of a shared future and on to for all humanity. 

Though the conference is a platform for Asian civilizations, it will benefit the whole world because the former are more than willing to share their best learning experiences. The concept of the dialogue will enable the world to become more connected and harmonious, providing them with stability and prosperity. 

And thus, it will contribute to creating a better place for future generations irrespective of their race, color, religion, and home region, developing human civilizations in its entirety.

The conference is also playing a role in safeguarding world peace and harmony by teaching all to respect the diversity of civilizations. It offers a guarantee for the peaceful coexistence of all countries, dialogue between them helping to solve various problems of human survival and development. 

The conference is bringing about interaction and integration among peoples and countries and taught them to accept diversity and ensure equality and inclusiveness all over the world.

As the current world is facing some common challenges and threats and shares almost same dreams, the conference offers great opportunities for a concerted effort to overcome the challenges and turn people's aspirations for a better life into reality.

It has also contributed to bringing everyone together to promote economic globalization that is open, inclusive, balanced, and beneficial to all, and work together to eliminate poverty and backwardness in some countries. In a word, the concept of dialogue of civilizations has brought about enormous opportunities for peaceful development of the world.

Md Enamul Hassan is the diplomatic correspondent with the Daily Sun, Bangladesh. 

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