The 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences (ICHS) opened in Jinan of east China’s Shandong Province on Sunday, marking the first time the congress has been held in Asia.
The International Congress of Historical Sciences is known as the most influential academic activity of historical sciences.
It enjoys a reputation as the “Olympics of Historical Sciences”.
Jointly organized by the Association of Chinese Historians and Shandong University, the 22nd ICHS attracted approximately 2,600 historians with about 900 international scholars.
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to the conference.
Xi said valuing history, studying history and learning from history can give mankind needed wisdom to understand the past, make the best of the present and look forward to the future.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended the opening ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
Liu said the congress would be a very significant event in the development of international historical sciences and will contribute greatly to the communication and mutual understanding among different civilizations.
Eighteen of the twenty-one previous ICHS were held in Europe.
Chairwoman of the ICHS Marjatta Hietala said the conference in China can show the vitality of the country to the rest of the world.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): MARJATTA HIETALA, Chairwoman of the ICHS
“I admire China’s ancient culture, something I never met in Europe. We were talking about this complicated history. We really don’t have such kinds of research done yet. Many visitors have never been to China. This is a very good opportunity, from a professional reason, and also to know something about China as a whole.”