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Dialogue of Civilizations launched in Beijing to replace the platitude of ‘Clash of Civilizations’ through exchanges and communication

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨CCTV.com

11-19-2018 17:26 BJT

CGTN teams up with Nile TV Egypt, NDTV India, and ERT Greece to produce the first edition of “Dialogue of Civilizations TV Forum” in Beijing on November 15th. Anchors, and a high level of guests from the four ancient nations, will present a spirited debate on cooperation and the clash between civilizations.

With the theme of “Dialogue of Civilizations: Cooperation and Conflict”, hosts and guests from the four great ancient civilizations of Egypt, India, China and Greece gathered to discuss the rise and fall of the world’s civilizations, the future of cultural diversity, the inspirations that the modern world can draw from its past, and how we can rejuvenate our time-honored legacies in this new era. This is a new measure for the four ancient civilizations to move toward a new era and build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind.

The mirror of history offers insights into the rise and fall of nations. Met with the obstacles of trade protectionism, unilateralism, and extremism, all nations have a need for development and revitalization. The thousands of years of experience accumulated by the ancient civilizations is a treasure-trove of wisdom for all humanity. Through dialogue between people’s of societies stemming from ancient civilizations, we can explore solutions to today's problems, discuss methods of revitalization and development, and discover new progress for human civilization.

For the first time, CGTN’s primetime talk show Dialogue has invited Mohamed Abdel Rahim Ismail Shalaby Mostafa from Nile TV, Vishnudeep Som from NDTV, and Theofanis Papathanasiou from ERT to join Yang Rui from CGTN to co-host the forum on Dialogue of Civilizations: Cooperation and Conflict. They will be joined by Prof. Abdul-Monem Al-Mashat, Dean Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Future University in Egypt, Prof. M.D. Nalapat, Vice-Chair of the Advanced Research Group and Director of the Department of Geopolitics at Manipal University in India, Leonidas Rokanas, Greek Ambassador to China, and Prof. Huang Jing, Dean of the Institute of International and Regional Studies at Beijing Language and Culture University to have an hour-long discussion and debate on the four topics - the conflict of civilizations, the competition of civilizations, the origin of civilizations, and the future of  civilizations. The forum is co-produced by the four national television networks, and is scheduled to be broadcast at the same time by the four TV channels on Nov. 28, 2018. 

Jiang Heping, Deputy Director of the News Center of CCTV and Controller of CGTN, Leonidas Rokanas, Greek Ambassador to China, Gautam Bambawale, Indian Ambassador to China, and Hussein Ibrahim, Cultural Counselor of the Egyptian Embassy in China attended the launching ceremony on Nov. 15 and delivered keynote speeches.

Jiang pointed out that today’s world has banished the ‘Clash of Civilizations’ to usher in dialogue and communication. Both the past and the present have shown that good communication among civilizations are usually the times when conflicts and wars are under effective control. In Chinese civilization, the essential values of mutual appreciation and harmony stress kindness, love and good neighbourliness. However, at the same time, we also recognize the importance of tolerance and inclusiveness. As a country with a well-preserved and uninterrupted history, we feel it more deeply how the common development of many different civilizations form the foundation of a diverse community. All civilizations are equal and they should be equally respected and appreciated. While handing down our own civilizations, we should also safeguard and promote the diversity of fellow civilizations, which represent the common historical and cultural legacy of humanity.

According to Jiang, Dialogue of Civilizations is a brand new program launched by CGTN. Against the rise of anti-globalization and nationalism, Dialogue of Civilizations will serve as multicultural platform. With hosts and guests from ancient and modern civilizations, in the format of television debate, the program aims to shed new light on the rise and fall of civilization, alert us to the dangers of the clash between civilizations, and examine world politics and international relations from a fresh perspective.

Indian Ambassador Gautam Bambawale stated in his speech that India’s vision and approach to the world can be summed up in one phrase – “the world is one family”. He said India believes there must be a dialogue of civilizations among people who look differently, speak different languages, believe in different religions.

Greek Ambassador Leonidas Rokanas emphasized that civilizations are the key to not only understanding how the world evolved, but also how it is moving forward. He believes that civilizations were created, evolved and co-existed through dialogue. He praised the TV forum as a wonderful and pertinent initiative, especially when there are many discussions about politics, economics yet few discussions about culture and civilization. 

Egyptian Cultural Counselor Hussein Ibrahim introduced the long history of Egypt and concluded that civilizations need cooperation and dialogue, which must be facilitated through languages, bridges, people-to-people exchange, and collaborative initiatives such as “One Belt One Road”.

China Global Television Network (CGTN), which was launched on December 31, 2016, is a multi-language and multi-platform media grouping, with six principal TV channels –namely CGTN English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian and CGTN Documentary. It also contains three overseas regional production centers in North America, Africa and Europe, one video news agency and one new media cluster dominated by mobile news network. Its TV channels have reached more than 170 countries and regions, and the number of followers of new media platforms has reached 140 million. Covering the whole globe, CGTN adheres to the strategy of "TV focus, mobile first". It portrays the world from a Chinese perspective, and tells China’s story from an international perspective.

Nile TV International is a public Egyptian television channel. It is the first Arab satellite channel to broadcast its programs in foreign languages: English, French, and formerly Hebrew. Nile TV International is broadcast on four satellites, allowing for its transmission to reach the whole Arab world, Europe, and the United States.

ERT S.A. Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation is the state-owned public radio and television broadcaster for Greece,which began broadcasting in 1938. It contains three TV channels, 4 national radio stations and multiple local stations. It is also seen as "the cornerstone of Greek culture".

New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) is an Indian television media company founded in 1988. It is one of the most-watched TV stations in India, which is also more influential in South Asia. Its "NDTV 24x7" channel is considered to be the most popular and reliable English news channel in India.

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