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Seeking Asian Consensus through Dialogue
Text by Zi Mo

March 24, 2016: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang poses for a group photo with foreign leaders attending the BFA Annual Conference 2016 prior to the opening plenary. by Ma Gengping

On March 23, 2016, the Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, themed on "Plural Civilization and New Vitality in Asia," was held on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in the coastal town of Boao, Hainan Province, providing an opportunity for delegates from China, Pakistan, Iran, Singapore and UNESCO to share their opinions.

At the opening plenary of the BFA Annual Conference 2016, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called for a dialogue among Asian civilizations and welcomed every country and region to participate. "The more challenging the task of development is in the region, the more imperative it is for us to join hands, build on our traditional friendship and pool our collective wisdom, so as to carry forward the Asian Consensus and achieve our common pursuit for development," he noted in his speech.

When addressing the Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, Jiang Jianguo, minister of the State Council Information Office, stressed that promoting dialogue and communication in mutual learning is a major undertaking for Asian civilizations. He also called for the strengthening of communication among youth in Asia to consolidate the foundations of friendship.

As per China's suggestions regarding this issue, Jiang made three proposals: establish a routine mechanism for the dialogue of Asian civilizations, shape diversified channels to create an environment for this dialogue to take place, and broaden the dialogue to multiple platforms.


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