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Statement by H.E. Mr. Xie Feng, Ambassador of the PRC to Indonesia, at the Sixth UNAOCF
2014/08/31

H.E. Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia,

H.E. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General for United Nations,

H.E. John W. Ashe, President of the 68th United Nations General Assembly

H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser The UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations,

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Chinese delegation, I would like to extend my congratulations to the Sixth UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum on this beautiful island of Bali and thank the Indonesia Government for its thoughtful arrangements and warm hospitality. I believe that with joint efforts of all participants, this forum will turn out to be a great success.

Cultural diversity is a defining feature of human civilization. All civilizations are crystallizations of mankind's wisdom. It is people of different nationalities, colors and historic backgrounds who jointly make the history of this wonderful world. As early as 2000 years ago, The ancient Chinese wise men proposed the idea of "harmony without uniformity", which means that common value and interest could be realized in a pluralistic world without the importuned consistency. As Chinese president Xi Jinping pointed out in his speech at the UNESCO headquarters in March this year,"All civilizations are crystallizations of mankind's hard work and wisdom. Every civilization is unique. Copying other civilizations mechanically or blindly is like cutting one's toes just to fit his shoes, which is not only impossible but also highly detrimental. All achievements of civilizations deserve our respect and must be treasured." And his remarks is precisely echoed by the theme of the forum today,"unity in diversity".

Today, with the deepening economic globalization, the widespread use of information technologies and the accelerated flow of people around the world, a broad space is provided for the cultural communication among countries. The ocean is vast for it refuses no rivers. We should embrace different civilizations as the ocean,and believe that exchanges and mutual learning between civilizations will become a bridge promoting friendship between people around the world, an engine driving progress of human society, and a bond cementing world peace. To that end, the Chinese delegation wishes to put forward the following suggestions:

First,we should meticulously cultivate a culture of peace, dispel prejudice and hatred through inter-civilization exchanges, and spread the seeds for the idea of peace. The present world is witnessing international or regional hotspot issues draging on, peace and stability is still unreachable in some regions. The international community should take a comprehensive approach to address both the symptoms and root causes. On the one hand, we should improve the mechanisms for conflict prevention and resolution, maintain the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and adhere to solving reginal and international disputes through peaceful talks. On the other hand, we should attach importance to cultivating a culture of peace and enhancing the mutual understanding and trust through dialogue and cooperation, so as to eradicate the source of conflicts.

Second, we should strengthen the guidance and education on the youth, so as to foster an spirit of dialogue among civilizations in youths which encourages mutual respect, openness and tolerance. Since the youth are the masters of the future, the investment in the peace education for them is the investment in the peace of the future. We should enhance the mutual understanding and trust between the youth of different countries through extensive and comprehensive exchanges. Only by so doing can we lay a solid foundation for the spirit of peace and brotherhood in the hearts of the youth.

In the just-completed Second Youth Olympics,about 3800 athletes from more than 200 countries and regions gathered in Nanjing. With Youth Olympics as stage,they actively took part in the culture and education programmes to share and exchange their cultural experiences. In Nanjing, it is the cultue differences inspired the young people to share experiences and learn from each other. Young people from different races, nationalities, cultures and religions united under the banner of Olympics,showed the world the sprit of Olympic values: excellence, friendship and respect. In this way, they devoted positive energy to the world peace and development.

Third, we should treat migration in a rational perspective, promote the rights and integration of migrants. Most countries in the world are not only the origin countries,but also the transit and destination countries. The accelerated flow of people is bound to bring the collision and exchanges of different culture and ideas. Each country should guide their people and public opinion to treat migrants rationally,make reasonable adjustments of migration management and eliminate xenophobia and discrimination so as to protect the rights of migrants, promote social integration and provide inclusive development space for the migrants. Migration is closely bound up to development. Migrants are the creators of social value,thus the economic and social development dividends should be shared by everyone including migrants. Therefore, all the countries should support the incorporation of migration into the post-2015 development agenda.

Ladies and Gentlemen,Dear Friends,

Since the establishment in 2005, the UN Alliance of Civilizations has played an important role in strengthening the dialogue and reconciliation across civilizations and religions,and promoting the world peace and security. China highly appreciates the leadership of Mr. Al-Nasser and his predecessor Mr. Sampaio,and will support as always the activities of AOC not only in four traditional thematic fields, namely education, youth, migration and media,but also in the fields of sports and art.

In the history of human civilization, the Chinese civilization has a long history of over 5,000 years without interruption. The splendid traditional Chinese culture is rooted in the hearts of the Chinese and has an imperceptible impact on Chinese people's behavior pattern. Today,the Chinese people are striving to fulfill the Chinese dream. The peace-loving genes of Chinese people determine that the Chinese dream is not only a dream of prosperity, but also a dream of co-existence,a dream of win-win cooperation and a dream of world peace. Upholding the idea of "harmony without uniformity", China will work closely with all parties to contribute to maintaining the diversity of civilizations and promoting equal dialogue and peaceful coexistence among civilizations.

Thank you.

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