Chengdu spearheads global exchanges

Authors: China Daily

2018-07-31

Chengdu is playing a key role in promoting the cultural exchanges and cooperation with countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative - helping to spearhead China's push to open up and better connect with the rest of the world.
The 2018 World Cities Culture (Tianfu) Symposium held from June 20 to 22 is the latest example of Chengdu's role in facilitating important international exchanges.
The gathering, held for the first time in Chengdu, attracted representatives from 22 member cities of the World Cities Culture Forum - the organizer of the symposium, and nine cities involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as about 400 representatives of famous creative culture institutes and international celebrities.
The forum was set up in 2012 and has 38 member cities including London, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Representatives from member cities of the World Cities Culture Forum attended the 2018 World Cities Culture (Tianfu) Symposium, which focused on cultural exchanges under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
It has taken the lead in promoting cultural development and policymaking among cities worldwide, and is considered the world's top cultural think tank in this area.
This year's event was the first time for it to focus on cultural exchanges and cooperation, opening-up and sharing under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. In August 2017, Chengdu became the third city in the Chinese mainland to join the forum. Its hosting of the conference came in less than a year since its membership.
Paul Owens, secretary-general of the event's organizing committee, said that holding the symposium in Chengdu was in line with the world's greater desire to learn more about China's city culture and Chinese culture in general.
Owens said he really enjoyed the atmosphere of Chengdu and that the local people are friendly and warmhearted. The city has a massive population and boasts strong economic strength.
"Its openness, inclusiveness and convenience are the key reasons Chengdu has become a world-class cultural city," he added.
During the symposium, member cities of the forum released the Chengdu Consensus, in which they highlighted Chengdu's efforts in promoting its culture, exchanges and cooperation with city cultures around the world.
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