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Dunhuang culture’s legacy alive in ‘Belt and Road’

Author  :  Zhuyi     Source  :    Chinese Social Sciences Today     2016-06-17

From June 3 to 5, the first Academic Forum on Dunhuang Culture was held in Dunhuang, a world-famous historical and cultural city.

Part of the ancient Silk Road, Dunhuang has a unique culture. Bu Xianqun, director of the Institute of History at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said that Dunhuang culture is a cultural crystallization with international and diversified characteristics. Hao Chunwen, dean of the School of History and Culture at Capital Normal University, noted that the Silk Road gave rise to a rich ancient civilization and its legacy is alive in the modern city of Dunhuang.

Dunhuang and China-Western cultural exchanges under the framework of the “Belt and Road” initiative were the main topics discussed. Li Wen, deputy director of the Institute of American Studies at CASS, said that a pattern of mutual appreciation, understanding and respect should be formed among the countries along the route to build the “Belt and Road.” Dunhuang can act as a hub in the process, Li said.

Tian Shu, vice-president of Northwest Normal University, said that academia should intensify the sorting and research of Dunhaung culture to push forward its prosperous development. It is important to avoid the trend of fragmentation, Tian said.

  

Editor: Yu Hui

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