Secretary-General Linhart: “Austria engages in intercultural dialogue with China”

Event: The state philosophical aspects of the Daodejing

From 11 to 14 May 2016 Chinese and Austrian experts will meet for a dialogue on the state philosophical aspects of the Daodejing. The Daodejing is a collection of sayings attributed to the Chinese philosopher Laozi (4th century B.C.) that contains a humanistic theory of the state focusing on freedom from violence and poverty and aimed at achieving harmony in human coexistence.

“Austria has a long tradition of intercultural dialogue”, Secretary-General at the Foreign Ministry Ambassador Michael Linhart stated referring to this event and underlined: “It is through this dialogue that we learn more about each other, get to know each other better and develop a better mutual understanding. I am particularly pleased that this dialogue initiative is being launched in the very year in which we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Austria and China.”

Headed by the Vice Minister of the State Administration for Religious Affairs Jiang Jianyong, the twelve-member Chinese delegation includes representatives from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the State Administration for Religious Affairs, university professors and Taoist masters who will meet with professors from the universities of Innsbruck, Graz and Vienna at the dialogue event organised by the Task Force “Dialogue of Cultures” at the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

The launch of these talks will be marked by a joint Tai Chi morning exercise for members of both delegations in the Vienna Burggarten on 12 May 2016. The academic exchange will be held on 13 and 14 May on the top floor of the Juridicum (the University of Vienna’ s School of Law). The dialogue symposium will be officially opened on 13 May at 8.30 a.m. by the Vice Minister of the State Administration for Religious Affairs Jiang Jianyong, Dean and University Professor Dr. Paul Oberhammer and the Head of the Cultural Policy Department at the FMEIA Ambassador Dr. Teresa Indjein. Both the morning Tai Chi practice and the official opening event are open to media representatives. 

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