DUNHUAN, CHINA – The 3rd Silk Road International Cultural Conference kicked off yesterday in China’s Gansu province.
The conference, entitled “Showcase the Beauty of the Silk Road”, aims to promote cultural exchanges and sustainable development among countries involved in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
The two-day event in the city of Dunhuang is being attended by more than 1,300 world leaders, diplomats and other dignitaries from nearly 100 countries and international organisations.
Sun Chunlan, a Communist Party of China’s Political Central Committee Bureau member, said the conference was a profound event.
Ms Sun said the ancient Silk Road was a trading hub connecting China to the rest of the world.
“The ancient Silk Road was created and shared around the world,” she said.
First established in 2016, the conference has been attended by various countries and hundreds of international organisations.
Achievements include the signing of the Dunhuang Declaration and agreements to hold dialogue between countries, protect history and heritage, and facilitate trade and tourism.
“China will deepen cooperation, strengthen ties, expand exchanges between peoples and think-tanks,” Ms Sun said. “We will enhance understanding, friendship and consider all feelings from people of all countries.”
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