standing of the pros and cons of rural reconstruction through their work were also invited to hold a dialogue with the writers, which resonated so strongly with the
villagers that some of them surrounded the speakers afterward hoping to expand their discussions.
He Wei, assistant professor at the school of architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, w
ho has been leading several projects in the countryside, thinks a major problem is the conflicting demands between the elite class
of city dwellers, who tend to seek spiritual comfort in village life, and the villagers themselves who naturally want to i
mprove their quality of life. However, many of the rural traditions have been lost during the process.
“Once they leave the countryside, it’s hard for people to come back and settle, both in person and spiritually,” he says.
ntries in the region due to joint efforts. The overall situation in the South China Sea is stable and becoming better, Shao said.
“Countries from the region have the will, wisdom and capability to manage differences an
d jointly promote peace, thus transforming the area into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation,” he said.
On the Korean Peninsula question, China insists on denuclearizin
g the peninsula, and solving issues through dialogue and consultation, Shao said.
“China has consistently, seriously, fully and rigorously implemented the
United Nation’s resolutions regarding the peninsula,” he said. “China also is willing to w
education to help people learn more about the values of different civilizations and to pass down the cultures,” he said.
At the session, 44 scholars and professors from Asian countries, along with France, Russia, Germa
ny and Canada, voiced their opinions on exchanges by Asian civilizations in historical and modern times.
Chen Lai, a professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, said
some ancient Chinese philosophers had proposed values for different civilizations.
“Confucius said that ‘A gentleman seeks harmony, not conformity’, showi
ng respect to different cultures,” he said. “Mencius proposed that we should have goo
d intentions toward others. I think it’s an inclusive attitude toward other people and their civilizations.”