Forum: Topics include cultures in cyberspace
Several notables attending the forum, such as Indian film star Aamir Khan and French Sinologist David Gosset, were also greeted by Wang.
On Wednesday, Prodi noted the importance of the forum introducing Chinese culture and also opening the nation to other cultures with different origins and roots.
“To be open, we’d better not only talk, but also listen,” Prodi said at the conference’s executive board meeting. He also expressed his worries over the difficulties the world is facing today, when mistrust among countries is all too widespread.
“Culture is changing,” he continued. “But we have to find how to interpret the meaning of culture in the context of the 21st century … We need to better translate our own cultures and have them better understood and received by others.”
The Taihu World Cultural Forum, named for Taihu Lake in the Yangtze River Delta, was created in 2008.
The inaugural conference was held in 2011 in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, by the lake, and was followed by meetings in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, and in Shanghai and Macao.
This year’s conference, co-hosted by China Daily and supported by civil diplomacy institutions and academic institutes, will discuss the cultural significance of economic globalization, people-to-people connectivity under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and ecofriendly development through themed forums.
The discussion will also take in the use of new technologies in museum operations, cultural diversity in the film industry, the revival of traditional medicine and new cultures grown in cyberspace.
Much work has been done to promote cultural exchanges since the founding of the forum. For example, a meeting on communication among different civilizations along the ancient Silk Road was organized by the forum in 2014 in Paris, France.
High-level symposiums on traditional Chinese medicine were held in 2012 and 2014.
The forum also has gone beyond exchanges of thought. In 2017, a center for foreign leaders to experience traditional Chinese medicine opened in Beijing. In May, the forum announced it would work with the Palace Museum in Beijing to launch a “cultural parlor of Chinese civilization”.
Some areas in the museum also are to be used for lectures on Chinese philosophies, stage performances of traditional Chinese fine arts and displays of cultural creativity products.
Wang Chen, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, meets with Romano Prodi, former Italian prime minister and honorary chairman of the Taihu World Cultural Forum, in Beijing on Wednesday.