Preparation process of Nishan Forum
（April, 2008 to September, 2010）
Xu Jialu, Vice Chairman of the Ninth and Tenth NPC Standing Committee of China, proposed to launch the Nishan Forum, which underwent nearly three years of preparation and received great support from relevant circles both at home and abroad.
○In April 2008, Xu Jialu, Vice Chairman of the Ninth and Tenth NPC Standing Committee of China, proposed at the first work meeting of the Expert Advisory Committee of the Chinese Cultural Symbolic City to hold a forum on world civilizations with the theme of carrying out dialogue among different world civilizations at Nishan, Qufu, Shandong ( Confucius’ hometown and a main landmark of the Chinese civilization).It is also known as the Nishan Forum for short.
○On September 28, 2008, the international preparatory meeting for the Nishan Forum was held in Jining, Shandong Province. Xu Jialu presided over the meeting, and scholars from Asia and North America attended and addressed the meeting. Important consensus on the significance, purpose and name of the forum was reached at the meeting.
○On June 25, 2009, Xu Jialu presided over the second work meeting of the Expert Advisory Committee of the Chinese Cultural Symbolic City. Opinions on the implementation of the First Nishan Forum were reviewed and approved at the meeting.
○In September 2010, Xu Jialu’s monograph For World Peace was published. The book records 14 dialogues and talks between Xu Jialu and representative figures of Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Judaism conducted between April 2008 and March 2010.Actually this was tentative rehearsal of the First Nishan Forum.
○On February 7, 2010, the first work meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Nishan Forum was held in Beijing. Xu Jialu presided over the meeting, and important opinions on the First Nishan Forum were formed at the meeting.
○On March 15, 2010, the Organizing Committee of the Nishan Forum held the second work meeting in Beijing, Xu Jialu presided over the meeting.
○On April 21,2010,Xu Jialu, Vice Chairman of the Ninth and Tenth NPC Standing Commtee, Chairman of the Nishan Forum and Dean of the Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies of the Shandong University. Xu Jialu gave a lecture entitled Small Learning and Confucianism at the “Nishan Classroom” Academic Seminar to launch warm-up academic activities of the First Nishan Forum.
○On May 17, 2010, the Organizing Committee of the Nishan Forum and Guangming Daily held the High-level Symposium for Commemorating the UN Day of Dialogues among Civilizations and the ceremony of launching the official website of the Nishan Forum. Xu Jialu, Xing Bensi, Zhao Qizheng, Ye Xiaowen, Hu Zhanfan, Ru Xin, Wu Jianmin, Zhang Xiaoan, Zhang Qizhi, Li Xueqin, Zhang Liwen and Mou Zhongjian attended the activities.
○On July 24, 2010, the Organizing Committee of the Nishan Forum and Guangming Daily held the theme symposium on the Nishan Forum for Chinese and foreign scholars in Beijing. Xu Jialu and Roger Ames presided over the symposium attended by well-known scholars from the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Israel and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
○From August 23 to 24, 2010, Mr.Xu Jialu presided over the work meeting for holding the Nishan Forum. Xing Bensi, Zhao Qizheng, Ye Xiaowen, Ru Xin, Wu Jianmin, Chen Lai, Huang Xingyuan and experts and scholars from more than ten institutions of higher learning and institutions of social science attended the meeting.
○On August 25, 2010, World Peace Dialogue Day: Voice from China, the first book of the Nishan Forum Library, was published by China Intercontinental Press with Xu Jialu as the chief editor and the Secretariat of the Organizing Committee of the Nishan Forum as the editor.
○On August 26, 2010, the Organizing Committee of the Nishan Forum held the press conference on the First Nishan Forum in the press conference hall of the Information Office of the State Council. Vice Chairmen of the Nishan Forum Zhao Qizheng, Ye Xiaowen and Wu Jianmin answered domestic and foreign journalists’ questions on dialogue among different civilizations and the Nishan Forum.
○On September 17, 2010, Xu Jialu was exclusively interviewed by Liang Shu, Chief Editor of the Sinology Page of Guangming Daily, and Anthony Yuen, a host of the Phoenix Satellite TV, and elaborated the purpose and significance of the Nishan Forum.
○On September 23, 2010, before the opening of the First Nishan Forum, Guangming Daily published This World Needs“Dialogue”–Record of an Interview with Mr.Xu Jialu,Chairman of the Nishan Forum on Page 3.The interview record, which reviews the course of preparing for the Nishan Forum and systematically elaborates the forum’s purpose, significance, orientation and characteristics, kicked off the First Nishan Forum.