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China explores cultural therapy to cure social ills

10-26-2011 09:22 BJT

by Xinhua Writers Cheng Yunjie and Liu Baosen

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- In a high-profile meeting last week regarding China's cultural development, the Communist Party of China (CPC) issued a communique emphasizing the rising significance of culture in boosting national strength and maintaining natural cultural security.

"Cultural development must be prioritized in China's overall work, as the country has come to a critical period for deepening economic reform and transforming economic development patterns," says the communique.

The past few days have seen domestic media serving up stories on a blueprint for China's cultural development. Provincial governments and ministries are vying to map out policies to support the cultural industry.

However, Peng Lin, a professor at Tsinghua University, worries that the governing party's ambition of rejuvenating Chinese culture and fostering China's "cultural soul" might be reduced to a simple boost for the cultural industry.

"To rejuvenate Chinese culture, we'd better start by improving people's morality and addressing social ills triggered by the national frenzy for getting rich quickly, especially the problems of money-worshipping, business fraud and a lack of credibility," Peng said.

Professor Zhou Ximing from the Party School of the CPC Central Committee said that China has remained spiritually immature, although it has become wealthier and shaken off the mocking title of "Asia's weakling" after pursuing modernity for more than 100 years.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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