he 2019 Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations was held between May 15 and 22 in Beijing, during which Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Asian countries to work together for a “shared future” of Asia.
The conference was initiated by Xi in 2015 when he attended the Bo’ao Asian Forum in Hainan Province where Xi proposed increasing and deepening mutual exchanges and cooperation between Asian countries.
Xi said at the opening ceremony of the conference that civilizations are not destined to clash as long as people are able to appreciate the beauty of all civilizations. During his speech, he proposed working together for a “peaceful, prosperous and open” Asia with mutual respect and appreciation, focusing on sharing, openness and inclusivity, and advancing with the times and making innovations.
Delegates from 47 Asian countries and regions, as well as from outside the region, attended the conference.