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11-11-2012 19:13 BJT

On the fourth day of the 18th National Congress of Communist Party of China, senior officials from various cultural sectors were on hand at a press conference Sunday afternoon. They told the public about the achievements in Chinese cultural reform over the past decade.

Sun Zhijun, director of the country’s Cultural Reform Committee, says cultural reform is key to making society better off. And Zhao Shaohua, vice minister at the Ministry of Culture, says the reforms are moving ahead.

Zhao said, “We are continuing ahead with both departmental and legal reforms. A transformation from state-owned cultural enterprises to companies that are responsible for their own losses is nearly finished. The legal system for dealing with the cultural field has also been improved. Art troupes have been greatly invigorated. The government’s ability to manage cultural sectors has been enhanced overall.”

For the past 10 years, nearly 7,000 state-owned enterprises have been turned into companies responsible for their own earnings and losses. This has given rise to a boom in the arts. Income from art shows last year was 7.4 times that of 2003.

There are now extensive public services in the field too. Radio and Television is available all across the nation. And a mobile movie theater project for rural areas has proven greatly successful. Over 2000 public museums have been opened to the public for free, and some 600,000 "farmer’s libraries" have been built in the countryside.

And as the arts and culture merge more and more with science and technology, tourism and other fields, the industry is an increasingly significant pillar of China’s economy. So whether or not you’re an art fan, music maniac or film buff, the success of the industry will almost certainly impact your life.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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