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China's Politburo meets to discuss cultural reforms

The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a meeting here Monday to study a proposal on the country's cultural reforms, according to an official press release.

Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, presided over the meeting, which is a major gathering of Party leadership prior to the Sixth Plenary Session of the CPC's Seventeenth Central Committee scheduled to convene in the nation's capital on Oct. 15 to 18.

At the meeting, participants heard and discussed a report on a drafted resolution of the CPC Central Committee regarding cultural reforms. The resolution will be revised on the basis of the results of this meeting, and is expected to be handed over to the forthcoming plenary session.

Different Party organizations and departments throughout the country and representatives of the 17th Party Congress have contributed their ideas for improving the resolution, so as to make it a directive document on cultural reforms under the new situation, says the press release.

Currently, it says, the world is experiencing major developments, changes and readjustments. Meanwhile, China has entered both a critical period for building up an overall prosperous society as well as the final phase for deepening the ongoing Reform and Opening Up Drive and accelerating the country's economic development shift, it says.

Culture has increasingly become a major element bringing together the people and the creative power of the Chinese nationality. It is a major factor in the nation's comprehensive competitiveness as well as a backbone of the country's economic and social development, it stresses, adding, "it has, increasingly, become a cordial aspiration for our people to enrich their spiritual and cultural lives."

The meeting called for precisely mastering the new demands of the country's economic and social development, new trends in cultural development and new expectations for the spiritual and cultural lives of Chinese people from all ethnic groups in a bid to "work hard to open up a new situation in the country's socialist cultural development, along with the process of building up an overall prosperous society on the road of scientific development."

It reiterated the principles of insisting on sociocultural development with Chinese characteristics, deepening cultural restructuring, and promoting the grand development and prosperity of the cultural sector.

It pledged to implement the essence of the 17th Party Congress, uphold the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, take Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of "Three Represents" as the guiding ideologies, and further implement the Scientific Concept of Development.

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