Xi: Exchanges and mutual learning are essential to the civilizations

Exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations should be reciprocal and equal, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged on Wednesday in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilization in Beijing. Xi noted that all living organisms need a metabolism or life will stop, and civilization as well. If a country is isolated for a long time, it is bound to decline, he explained.