On February 15th, Xu Jialu, Vice Chairman of the ninth and tenth National People’s Congress Standing Committee, together with other government officials came to Shandong Province for inspection. They listened specially to the report on the second Nishan Forum preparation progress. Vice Governor Zhang Jianguo presided over the meeting. Related officials from Shandong Provincial Party Committee Propaganda Department, Provincial Office of Taiwan Affairs, Provincial Cultural Department, Provincial Office of Foreign Affairs, Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage, Shandong University, Jining Office for Cultural City Construction attended the meeting. Members from the Secretariat of Nishan Forum organizing committee and Shandong University reported on the preparation for the second Nishan Forum respectively.
After listening to the report, Xu Jialu spoke highly of the emphasis, support and promotion of dialogue between civilizations and the strategic thinking and measures taken in constructing a strong cultural province by Shandong Provincial Party Committee and provincial government and affirmed fully the achievement yet attained in preparing the forum. He pointed out that the second Nishan Forum to be held in Shandong was an advaced forum for dialogue between cililizations in the international communityafter the six plenary session of the seventeenth congress of CPC. It would play an important role in desiminating the Chinese culture and improving its international influence. He emphasized that the preparory work was hard and we were pressed for time. Relevant parties including Secretariat of the organizing committee and Shandong University should implement the preparatory work according to the unified deployment of Shandong provincial Party committee and provincial government, so as to lay a sound foundation for holding the second forum.
Vice Governor Zhang Jianguo required that all parties present should fully comprehend the spirit of the chairman’s speech, get to work early and advance the preparation systematically so as to contribute to the dialogue between civilizations and pay tribute to the eighteenth National People’s Congress.
At the meeting, the participating members also exchanged opinions on the preparation for the second Nishan Forum.