The Sino-French Dialogue on Civilization opened Monday in Paris, France aiming to further promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.

As part of the China-France High-level Mechanism for Dialogue on People-to-People Exchanges, the event gathered over 200 guests from both sides to share the beauty of each other’s different civilisation.

The President of the Constitutional Council of France, Laurent Fabius, has been committed to developing China-France relations for years. He speaks highly of the joint-efforts on maintaining multilateralism and world peace made by the two countries and the importance of such an event on promoting exchanges among different civilisations.

“I think such dialogues should be embraced in diffident fields, especially for people-to-people exchanges among students, visitors, colleges, researchers and politicians. I have a strong drive for deepening the dialogue between China and France,” said Fabius.

The former Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, applauds China’s long-lasting efforts on upholding cultural diversity. “There is no culture in the world that exists alone. Cultures are always intertwined and influence each other.

China’s Belt & Road Initiative brings scientific research and educational and cultural exchanges between China and France. Many world heritage sites are located along the Belt & Road routes, which shows that cultural diversity is our strength, not our weakness,” said Bokova.

Chinese artist and curator of the National Art Museum of China Wu Weishan believes cultural exchanges among different civilisations can not only spark artistic inspirations, but also be helpful to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

“I personally got a lot of inspirations from cultural exchanges with France and other countries in the world. Today, building a community with a shared future for mankind is not simply a slogan or term, but tangible cultural exchanges and heart-to-heart exchanges. And the values that we get from such exchanges will flow and be integrated into our lives and our art works,” said Wu.