International Conference in Honor of the 2570th Anniversary of Confucius’ Birth Held in Beijing

2019-12-12

After the opening ceremony of the International Conference in Honor of the 2570th Anniversary of Confucius’ Birth & Sixth Congress of International Confucian Association (ICA) on the morning of November 16, the academic seminar of the conference was held in the afternoon on the same day at the China Palace Hotel. The scholars had in-depth discussions on the core theme of “Confucianism and the Construction of A Community of Shared Future for Mankind”.

On the afternoon of November 16, over 10 famous scholars, including Professor Chen Lai of Tsinghua University and Professor Cheng Zhongying of the University of Hawaii, delivered academic keynote speeches at the conference. From November 17 to 18, the conference also set up eight groups for discussion, focusing on such themes as “Chinese Civilization and A Community of Shared Future for Mankind”, “Confucianists·Thoughts·Text research”, “Communication between Confucianism and Different Civilizations·Economic Globalization and World Order”, “Confucianism and Society·Overseas Confucianism”, “A Community of Shared Future for Mankind·Communication between Confucianism and Different Civilizations”, “Confucianism·The Belt and Road Initiative· A Community of Shared Future for Mankind” and “Confucianism·Global governance”.

Xu Qi, the Sixth Vice Chairman of International Confucian Association and Executive Chairman of the Academic Committee of Guiyang Confucius Academy, submitted a paper to the conference and delivered an academic speech entitled “Exploration of the cultural origin of ‘Rule of law’ and ‘Rule of virtue’ based on the samples of ancient Greece and Chinese civilization.”

Suo Xiaoxia, Director of the Culture Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy, submitted a paper to the conference and had academic communication with the scholars on “Reconsideration of the value of Chinese local culture”.

“The construction of a community of shared future for mankind” is the plan proposed by General Secretary Xi Jinping, integrating Chinese wisdom to solve many challenges and problems facing contemporary mankind and to promote world peace and common development. As the backbone of traditional Chinese culture, Confucianism contains rich ideological resources and wisdom, serving as the profound enlightenment and reference for the construction of a community of shared future for mankind. The scholars had comprehensive discussion at the academic conference, making new research progress in exploring the concepts and principles suitable for people around the world in building a community of shared future for mankind, as well as the specific paths, methods and measures should be taken.

It is reported that, the International Conference in Honor of the 2570th Anniversary of Confucius’ Birth brought together over 350 experts and scholars from dozens of countries specializing in Confucianism, sinology and other relevant academic fields, and received over 220 papers.