Country for PR: China
Contributor: Xinhua News Agency
Thursday, September 22 2016 - 17:24
First Silk Road Int'l Cultural Expo Concludes with Dunhuang Declaration
LANZHOU, China, Sept. 22, 2016 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

Delegates from Belt and Road countries signed a declaration in northwest 
China's Dunhuang City to further cultural exchange as the Silk Road 
International Cultural Expo concluded on Wednesday.

In the Dunhuang Declaration, cultural diversity, equality and inclusiveness are 
stressed. The signatories agreed to protect historical and cultural heritage, 
strengthen cultural dialogue at all levels, and promote cultural trade and 
industry cooperation.

According to the organizing committee, 89 agreements relating to cultural 
industries with a total value of 108 billion yuan (16 billion U.S. dollars) 
were signed during the two-day expo.

Chinese Culture Minister Luo Shugang said the Dunhuang Declaration marked the 
establishment of a new cultural exchange mechanism within the framework of the 
Belt and Road Initiative.

In addition, Gansu Province, which administers Dunhuang, signed cooperation 
agreements with a European Parliament cultural commission on the Belt and Road, 
and the government of Tajikistan.

Source: Publicity Team of the Executive Committee for the Silk Road (Dunhuang) 
International Cultural Expo