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UPDATED: 10:31, July 26, 2004
Top legislator highlights Esperanto's role in new era
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Photo:89th Universal Esperanto Congress convened
89th Universal Esperanto Congress convened
Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo said Sunday, July 25, that the Esperanto, an artificial universal language, has become an effective carrier in cultural exchange, information flow, science and technology cooperation and was playing increasingly important in worldwide exchange.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, made the remarks in a congratulation letter to the opening ceremony of the 89th World Esperanto Conference, which involved about 2,000 experts from over 50 countries and regions.

Over the past century, the Esperanto was improved and developed with the hard efforts from generations of peace-loving esperantists in all countries, Wu said, noting the Esperanto in

China has a history of nearly 100 years and achieved great progress since China adopted the reform and opening-up policy over two decades ago.

"China made its due contribution to the development of Esperanto," Wu said.

The 89th World Esperanto Conference gathered people from various countries, ethnics and language in Beijing to discuss the further development of Esperanto and to pursue peace and development with the common language, Wu said.

All of these will have long-term and profound influence on the development of Esperanto, enhancing understanding and friendship between world people, maintaining peace and promote common development of human beings, he noted.

Xu Jialu, vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, told the opening ceremony that the Esperanto, as a neutral language, has made unique contribution to human peace, friendship and mutual understanding since it was formulated 117 years ago.

In a congratulation letter to the conference, Assistant Director-General for Education of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) John Daniel said that the Esperanto, as an international common language, contributed a lot to maintaining cultural diversity and world peace.

Zaleski-Zamenhof, grandson of Esperanto inventor L. L. Zamenhof, said in a letter to the conference that the equality of language indicated mutual respect between various cultures.

The use of neutral language in international exchange was aimed at safeguarding national language and then protect the treasurable different cultures.

The annual World Esperanto Conference has proved the neutralisation and good function of Esperanto, he said.

The week-long conference includes exhibitions and seminars. Beijing hosted the 71st such conference in 1986.

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