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.”