From December 12st to 1rd, the 3 "Understanding China" International Conference was held in Guangzhou, with the theme of "China's New Actions in a Century of Changes: Expanding the Convergence of Interests and Building a Community with a Shared Future". More than 2023 guests from more than 30 countries and regions attended the meeting to discuss and exchange Chinese modernization, modern civilization of the Chinese nation, and the construction of a world-class Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Zheng Bijian, founding president of the China National Founding Association, hopes that the "Understanding China" international conference can reduce the "reading deficit" in three aspects and promote mutual trust between different countries.

Zheng Bijian, founding president of the China National Innovation Association

If this international conference can more effectively help the world, understand China, understand the Communist Party of China, and at the same time help China, understand the world, and understand the changes in a century, then we will certainly be able to reduce the "reading deficit" in these three aspects through sustained efforts.

The key to understanding China is to understand Chinese-style modernization. Zheng Yongnian, Dean of the Qianhai Institute of International Affairs of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, said that Chinese modernization will be realized in an open state and achieve a win-win situation with the world. He believes that the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is an important starting point for realizing Chinese-style modernization, and the next step is to use the new "troika" to drive higher-quality development.

Zheng Yongnian, Dean of Qianhai Institute of International Affairs, Hong Kong Chinese University (Shenzhen).

I have been advocating for a new "troika", that is, basic research, applied technology, and financial support. We have Sun Yat-sen University, South China University of Technology, and several universities in Hong Kong that are also doing good basic research. If the Greater Bay Area is integrated, I think we can do very well in basic scientific research. Another is the application of technology, Guangzhou, Dongguan to Shenzhen, the transformation capacity may be one of the world's top two fields. So these three aspects drive the old "troika" with the new "troika", and we can achieve sustainable development. I think we still need to "go global", and at this stage of development, we need to cultivate a large number of multinational enterprises, which is also what we need to be aware of.

In an interview with reporters, Si Mingcheng, vice president of the Chinese Story Research Institute of the National Innovation Association, said that Chinese culture and Western culture have more in common than differences and distinctions. Cultural exchanges between China and Western countries will help both sides enhance understanding and better convey China's story to the world.

Si Mingcheng, vice president of the China Story Research Institute of the National Innovation Association

I think there are more things that Chinese culture and Western culture have in common than differences or differences. Whether it is the study of art, music, literature, or history, the importance that we attach to culture is a particularly important common denominator. I was most impressed by the story of "Saiong's Lost Horse", and then I often told foreign friends that if you want to start a preliminary understanding of Chinese culture, you can still read the story of "Saiong's Lost Horse" first.

Founded in 2013, the International Conference on Understanding China has become an important international platform for Sino-foreign exchanges. The conference set up a series of activities such as 10 parallel seminars and 8 thematic conferences.

He Junjie, Cai Minjie, Leng Jingfei reported from Guangzhou

Editor in charge: [Song Fangcan]