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Commentary: Int'l interaction of Chinese culture


BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Worldwide knowledge of China's culture has advanced again with the help of two recent events involving famous ancient Chinese historical figures.

The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution last week to honor the 2,560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius, recognizing the ancient Chinese thinkers's "invaluable contributions to philosophy and social and political thought."

On raising the bill, Al Green, a Democratic Congressman from Texas, said Confucianism has deeply influenced and continues to have far-reaching influence on the social and political thought of many countries around the world.

Li Chengjiu, a senior researcher at the Brookings Institution's John L. Thornton China Center, said the U.S. House's Confucius resolution reflected China's increasing influence and the U.S. political community's rising respect for China.

At the "International Seminar on Master Sun's Art of War" held Monday in Beijing, experts and scholars from around the world discussed global security, strategic trends, and political and economic development from the angle of the traditional Chinese military culture.

The art with a history of more than 2,500 years is a treasure of world classical military culture. Its philosophical concepts and strategical thoughts summarized from wars bear positive significance to the building of a harmonious world.

The Chinese culture's extension toward the outside world and its coming under enhanced appreciation and promotion are attributable to its profound historical basis and unique contemporary appeal.

And culture has now become an active part of China's international exchanges. An appropriate example is the overseas establishment of Confucius Institutes, which have developed into a significant system to spread the Chinese language and culture.

More than 280 Confucius Institutes and more than 200 Confucius classrooms have been established in 87 countries and regions around the world. On Sunday, a new Confucius Institute was officially inaugurated at Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The legacy of China's ancestors endures and expands, and culture becomes enriched and more colorful through exchanges. In a world of strengthened communication of culture and thought, the interaction of China's culture with others deserves our additional efforts.


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