Deepening reform of the cultural system and promotion of the socialist culture concerns the realization of China's building of a well-off society and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, according to an editorial to be carried by the People's Daily on Wednesday.
The article hails the adoption of a resolution on boosting China's cultural system reform and socialist cultural development by the sixth plenary session of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which concluded Tuesday, as a key realistic move with profound historical influence.
"There is no socialist modernization without prosperity and development of socialist culture; the great rejuvenation of Chinese nation surely entails the prosperity of Chinese culture," the editorial says.
The resolution serves a guideline to be used to direct China's ongoing and future cultural reform and development, noted the article, saying it demonstrates the CPC's deep understanding of its historic mission and the situation at home and abroad and the party's high awareness in cultural construction.
It was made based on an all-round sum-up of the achievements and experiences of China's cultural building under the leadership of the CPC and a deep analysis of the situation and mission facing China's cultural reform and development drive, according to the article.
"Now the status and influence of culture in national power competition is more prominent, thus making it a mission more arduous and critical to guard national cultural security and to boost national soft power and Chinese culture's international influence," the article noted.
Culture is increasingly becoming a key source of national cohesion and creativity, a key factor for competition in national power, and a key pillar for economic and social development, the article said, adding that Chinese are increasingly eager for an enriched spiritual and cultural life.
Stressing that the socialist cultural development path with Chinese characteristics must be firmly followed during China's cultural development efforts, the article urged local organs of the CPC to take socialist cultural construction as a key and urgent political task.
(CNTV.cn, Xinhua News Agency October 18, 2011)