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Understanding, cooperation key for today’s world

By Yao Chun  (People's Daily Online)

10:46, May 23, 2012

2012 understanding and cooperation dialogue kicks off on May 22 in Beijing. The theme of this dialogue is ‘’enhancing mutual understanding and promoting pragmatic cooperation.” Zhou Tienong, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and President of the Chinese Association for International Understanding., attends the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.

Nowadays, we are living in a diversified world and different countries and nations have gradually formed their characteristic political and economic systems as well as cultural traditions. In pursuit of a better life we open up different development paths. We should look at the world in an inclusive and appreciative way, constantly increasing mutual understanding. In the course of development we need to work together to confront the challenges, seize opportunities assume responsibilities as well as share its fruits, Zhou Tienong said.

People-to-people friendship is the basis and premise of state-to-state relationship. China has always been supporting the development of people-to-people friendship and non-governmental diplomatic relations. China hopes this dialogue would contribute to the mutual exchange, emulation and comprehension, presenting a real and comprehensive China to the world as well as introducing advanced foreign experiences to China.

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, sent his greetings to the 2012 understanding and cooperation dialogue saying that as an immense and diverse country, China has a leading role to play in demonstrating how improved understanding generates progress. When it allows people of different faiths and traditions to live freely according to their beliefs and strive for their legitimate aspirations, China unleashes great forces for advancement.

This dialogue is held by Chinese Association for International Understanding and the Foundation for Peace and development of China. Representatives from more than 20 countries all over the world attended the Dialogue.

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