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Mayor of Summer Davos host city outlines city's vision

2024-06-18 21:27 Last Updated At:23:27

The mayor of the 2024 Summer Davos host city, Dalian, a coastal city in northeast China, has outlined the city's development plan and expressed confidence in hosting the international forum.

The Annual Meeting of the New Champions will be held from June 25 to 27 in Dalian for the 8th time.

This edition is expected to bring together over 1,500 high-level leaders from business, government, civil society and international organizations, as well as prominent entrepreneurs, innovators and academics to generate collective insights and deployable solutions.

In an interview with China Global Television Network prior to the gathering, Mayor Chen Shaowang outlined the city's strategic plans to develop into a modern ocean city and promote a thriving marine economy. He said the city has a close connection with the ocean and will expand its development to the further sea.

"Dalian's identity as a city [and] its future are defined by the ocean. We are actively building on the amazing natural advantages we enjoy as a city [such as] our vast coastline and strategic location, and we are driving forward our development as we seek to become a model coastal and ocean city for the 21st century, " he said.

"We are enhancing our already-strong traditional marine industries, moving from near shore to deep sea operations, and creating advanced seafood production and breeding bases. In terms of shipbuilding, we are enhancing our capabilities in the construction of some of the most advanced ships and offshore equipment in the world, as well as developing large oil tankers, LNG ships, and methanol-powered vessels, " said the mayor.

According to shipping consultancy Clarksons Research, last year, for the first time, China's shipyards produced more than 50 percent of the total, while the country's top 10 companies in shipbuilding completions from January to November 2023, shipbuilder from Dalian, Dalian Shipbuilding Plant Group, is among the top of the list.

The mayor said he hopes to attract more tourists to the city during the international forum.

"Tourism is also a key priority for Dalian as an ocean city. We are upgrading coastal infrastructure to make Dalian a top destination for cruise ship travelers and those who enjoy traditional beach and coastal resort holidays, " he said.

Chen emphasized the importance of environmental protection and green economy. He said 72 percent the city's electricity is generated by non-fossil energy in 2022.

"For an ocean city, a green vision is absolutely essential. We are advancing key projects in nuclear power, offshore wind and photovoltaic energy while developing green hydrogen and methanol production bases. Dalian will be one of the greenest ocean cities in the world in the coming decades," he said.

Chen said the city has a broader vision of becoming a maritime center that can contribute to the revitalization of northeast China, with its constant development in high-end manufacturing, tourism, and green economy.

Mayor of Summer Davos host city outlines city's vision

Mayor of Summer Davos host city outlines city's vision

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Xi's thought on culture guides modern Chinese civilization

2024-07-15 00:37 Last Updated At:01:17

China has been carrying out reform of the cultural system and made historic achievements under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who bears a strong cultural self-consciousness and responsibility in fulfilling Chinese cultural rejuvenation and building modern Chinese civilization.

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, Xi has placed the work of public communication and culture in a prominent position, giving instructions and guidance in art, journalism, philosophy and social sciences, and culture, among others.

Xi introduced the concept of confidence in culture. He incorporated the core socialist values into the basic policy underpinning the endeavor to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.

He also set clear tasks for public communication and culture: to uphold socialism with Chinese characteristics, rally public support, cultivate generations of young people with sound values and ethics, develop Chinese culture, and better present China to the world.

Eleven years ago, during his visit to Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius, in east China's Shandong Province, Xi looked closely at two reference books about Confucian thoughts.

In Yuelu Academy in Changsha, central Chinese province of Hunan, in 2020, Xi stared at a tablet inscribed with "seeking truth from facts" and stressed the importance of "making sure truth is grounded in the local context."

Two years later, in Sansu Temple, the former residence of Su Xun and his two sons Su Shi and Su Zhe, three literary masters of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), Xi emphasized the significance of drawing ideas and thinking on governance from the fine traditional Chinese culture.

In 2021, during a visit to a park dedicated to Zhu Xi, a Neo-Confucian master of the Song Dynasty, Xi put forward to boost the vitality of fine traditional Chinese culture with the spirit of the time.

"We should respect and carry forward the 5,000-year-long Chinese civilization, and integrate its essence with Marxist stance, viewpoint and methodology that we are now following. This is the socialism with Chinese characteristics," Xi said at the park.

In June 2023, Xi summarized five prominent features regarding Chinese civilization - consistency, originality, uniformity, inclusivity, and peaceful nature - at a symposium on cultural inheritance and development.

He pointed out that "it is natural to integrate the basic tenets of Marxism with China's specific realities and fine traditional culture if we are to create and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics on the basis of the profound Chinese civilization of more than 5,000 years."

In October of the same year, a national meeting on the work of public communication and culture was held in Beijing. For the first time, Xi Jinping Thought on Culture was put forward at the meeting, which opened a new chapter and ushered in a new phase for leading the new journey of cultural reform and development work.

Chinese modernization is the modernization of material and cultural-ethical advancement, Xi said in his article published on Qiushi Journal, a flagship magazine of the CPC Central Committee.

Xi had made speeches at a series of important meetings in an effort to promote the reform of the cultural administrative system in the new era and guide it along the right path.

With the deepening of the cultural reform, China's cultural sector has experienced unprecedented boom with healthy development of cultural industries, improving intangible cultural heritage protection and inheritance system, perfecting public cultural service system and a growing sense of fulfillment, and happiness of Chinese people.

Xi believes that without profound cultural confidence and a thriving culture, the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is unattainable.

Xi's thought on culture guides modern Chinese civilization

Xi's thought on culture guides modern Chinese civilization

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