On November 16, the International Conference in Honor of the 2570th Anniversary of Confucius and Sixth Congress of the International Confucian Association (ICA) were solemnly held in the Golden Hall of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan addressed the opening ceremony. The conference was hosted by ICA, UNESCO and China Confucius Foundation, and co-organized by Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, Culture Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy and Jining Municipal People’s Government.
On the morning of November 17, the Sixth Congress and Council Meeting of ICA was held. In the conference, the sixth leading group of the ICA was elected, including 1 president, 19 vice presidents, 1 chairman and 21 vice chairmen. Liu Yandong, former Vice Premier of the State Council, was elected as the sixth president of ICA, and Yasuo Fukuda, former Japanese Prime Minister as the sixth chairman of ICA.
Xu Qi, Executive Chairman of the Academic Committee of Confucius Academy, was elected as Vice Chairman of the sixth council of ICA. This marked the second consecutive year that Guiyang Confucius Academy emerged as a top decision-maker of the ICA, and the only institution in Guizhou with scholars entering leadership of ICA.
In addition, the Congress reshuffled and admitted 361 council members from 83 countries and regions in the world. Zhang Xinmin, professor of the Chinese Culture Academy of Guizhou University, and Wang Daming, Secretary General of Guiyang Confucius Academy Foundation, were elected as a council member of ICA.
It is reported that, since the establishment of ICA in 1994, ICA Congress has been held every five years for five consecutive sessions. Due to its wide influence in the global ideological and cultural field, the association has become an important platform for the exchange and integration of Chinese culture and world culture. Over 800 representatives from more than 80 countries and regions attended the meeting, including members and council members of ICA, famous Confucianism experts and relevant academic and cultural groups concerning international Confucianism, as well as cultural, educational, and academic communities, making this session the largest one ever.