Learn from the past and know the Future-- A brief account of President Xi Jinping's visit to the Acropolis Museum in Athens
Athens, 12 Nov (Xinhua) in view of the past, know the future-- A brief account of President Xi Jinping's visit to the Acropolis Museum in Athens
Xinhua News Agency reporter Huo Xiaoguang and Hao Weiwei
"I have a lot of feelings about this visit to Greece. Together, we will reflect on history, learn from the past and the present, look forward to the future, and decide that China and Greece should join hands more closely to open up a better tomorrow. "
On the morning of November 12, President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, accompanied by Greek President Pavloplos and his wife, visited the prestigious Acropolis Museum in Athens.
The Acropolis, built in the 5th century BC, is located on the Acropolis hill in the Attica basin. The modern museum at the foot of the mountain holds thousands of cultural relics unearthed from and around the Acropolis, bearing the heavy memories of ancient Greek civilization.
This is the third meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Pavloplos during the visit.
"I came to Greece with respect for civilization and expectations for the future."Exchange and mutual learning is the essential requirement of the development of civilization."there will be no conflict and estrangement between real civilizations.". Whether it is a formal meeting or a welcome banquet, the topic of cultural exchange and the blending of civilizations can always resonate between the two heads of state.
Walk along the glass walkway into the museum, as if into the long river of history.
From the "cupping" pattern on the ancient Greek marble statues to the ancient Chinese medicine, from the statues of the gods on the lintel of the Parthenon to the ancient Chinese books "Shan Hai Jing", from the Dionysian Theatre restoration model to art and education.
President Xi Jinping listened carefully to the explanation, sometimes asked for historical details, and sometimes quoted the classics to communicate with everyone.
Sunlight shines through the glass curtain wall into the exhibition hall on the second floor of the museum. President Xi Jinping stopped in front of a statue called the Critios teenager.
The statue boy, with rich expression and good physique, is a work of transition from the ancient Greek era to the classical era, expressing a strong humanistic spirit. As President Xi Jinping said, the humanistic thought of the "Wise School" in ancient Greece is similar to that of the Chinese Confucianism in terms of "people-oriented".
"during the New Culture Movement 100 years ago, Mr. de and Mr. Sai, who originated in the classical era of Greece, were introduced into China. Today, here, the two ancient civilizations of the East and the West meet again in new ways. " The two heads of state nodded to the narrator.
Museums not only record time, but also store the human spirit.
In "meditative Athena" relief, President Xi Jinping stopped again. "this is the goddess Athena just after the war rest, meditation, although it is a very small relief, but very meaningful." President Pavloplos personally introduced to President Xi Jinping.
President Xi Jinping said she was thinking about the significance of the war.
President Xi Jinping spoke of the Chinese idiom "stopping GE for force". President Pavloplos nodded in agreement as he listened.
During the talks the day before, President Xi Jinping said to President Pavloplos: "since ancient times, the Chinese people have believed in the concepts of 'what you don't want to do to yourself, don't do it to others,' the world is common to all people, 'and' harmonious nations.'" China will never engage in hegemony, nor does it agree with the zero-sum game in which you lose and I win, because the Chinese have never had this cultural gene or ambition. "
This profound topic continues to deepen in today's visit.
"Thank you for your visit today." Pandmaris, director of the Acropolis Museum, presented a copy of the Athena relief as a gift to President Xi Jinping. President Xi Jinping thanked him.
One by one soaked through the vicissitudes of history of art treasures, witnessing the glory and suffering of Greek civilization.
The female statue column is the treasure of the Acropolis Museum, originally six, one of which is living in a foreign land.
"I would like to take this opportunity to express to you that we are deeply saddened by the loss of cultural relics. The loss of these cultural relics is in itself a disgrace to civilization. I hope China will support our efforts in the return of cultural relics. " President Pavloplos said.
"We not only support it, but also work together." President Xi Jinping pointed out: due to historical reasons, a large number of precious cultural relics have still been lost overseas in both China and Greece, and the two sides can strengthen cooperation so that these cultural relics can return to their motherland as soon as possible.
In the exhibition hall of the Parthenon on the third floor, museum staff showed President Xi Jinping advanced laser restoration technology for cultural relics.
"both China and Greece have a large number of cultural heritage, and the two sides can strengthen cooperation in the restoration and protection of important cultural and historical heritage." President Xi Jinping asked.
In a short period of one hour, although the road is not full of historical vicissitudes, it has opened up a new world of dialogue and exchange among civilizations.
Standing on the terrace of the museum, with the Acropolis in Athens as the background, President Xi Jinping and his wife took a group photo with President Pavloplos. This is an important and unforgettable moment.
With the signed article "Let the Wisdom of the Ancient Civilization look to the Future" and the end of this visit through time and space, President Xi Jinping's trip to Greece was full of deep meaning.
"I hope you will come to Greece again and we can have more time to communicate." President Pavloplos issued a new invitation to President Xi Jinping.
"I look forward to it, and you are welcome to take a closer look at China." President Xi Jinping said with a smile.