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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
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
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
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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