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Asian-African Conference 1955
JAKARTA -- The Asian-African Summit and Commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of the 1955 Asian-African Conference will take place in Indonesia on April 22-24. The following are the nuts and bolts of the trans-continental gathering 50 years ago:
The Asian-African Conference (AAC) was convened in Bandung, Indonesia, on April 18-24, 1955.
The conference, sponsored by Indonesia, Burma (now Myanmar), Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), India and Pakistan, was attended by representatives from 29 Asian and African nations.
China played a prominent part in the conference and strengthened friendly relations with other Asian nations.
The conference discussed issues of common concern for Asian andAfrican nations, as well as ways of achieving greater economic, cultural and political cooperation among them.
The leaders at the conference envisioned a world order of independence, peace, justice and common prosperity.
They crafted a new ethos to govern the relationship between nations, known as the Spirit of the Bandung Asian-African Conference of 1955 (the Bandung Spirit).
The conference produced the Ten Principles of Bandung, a political statement containing the basic principles in the effortsto promote peace and cooperation in the world.
The Bandung Spirit and Ten Principles have profound historic significance in international relations. Over the past 50 years, the basic principles set forth during the conference have been embraced by more and more countries in the world and the Bandung Spirit still holds great significance in guiding relations betweennations, settling international disputes and maintaining world peace.