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On April 12, the 2012 Wu Culture International Workshop of China with the theme of “Wu Culture and Soft Power” was started in Wuxi. Wuxi Mayor Zhu Kejiang and Jin Baoping, assistant Secretary General of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Director of the Bureau of Academic Divisions Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, made speeches at the opening ceremony. Wuxi municipal leaders Hua Boya and Zhang Shihuai together with the relevant principals of the Zhejiang Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Circles, the Jiangsu Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Circles, the Jiangsu Provincial academy of social sciences and other departments were also present during the ceremony.
On behalf of the Wuxi Municipal Party Committee and the Wuxi Municipal People’s Government, Zhu Kejiang expressed his sincere welcome to the attendees for their coming. He pointed out that the exploration of the relationship between Wu Culture and soft power will help to push forward Wuxi’s development and improve Wuxi’s overall competitiveness. He also hoped that more and more outstanding research results will be enhanced in theoretical and cultural circles, providing intellectual impetus and supports for Wuxi’s improvement of soft power and its economic and social development.
It was learnt that over 120 experts and scholars from institutes at home and abroad attended the workshop, such as scholars of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Communication University of China, Fudan University, Nanjing University, Southeast University and professional persons of overseas cultural study institutes.