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Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era

on October 18, 2017, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held in Beijing. This conference summarized and put forward Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and established it as a guiding ideology that the party must uphold for a long time and is written into the party constitution. As always, there is a lot of high-faluting language and flashy vocabulary. It's all written in the same old elevated rhetoric.

Xi Jinping’s thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era is the guiding ideology that the party and the country must uphold for a long time. It takes "eight clears" and "fourteen perseverances" as the core content and main basis. The thought of socialism with Chinese characteristics has been comprehensively and systematically expounded, which will help the cadres and the masses to better understand and grasp the basic spirit, basic content, and basic requirements of this thought, and be more consciously used to arm their minds, guide practice, and promote work.

The coordinates of the times are drawn on the basis of political, economic, cultural, and social conditions in a closely connected and intertwined time and space. They indicate the starting point of development and the objective environment where we are located, and will directly affect the party and the party in the future. The country's strategic deployment is a golden key and an important entry point for us to fulfill our original mission.

The "Outline" comprehensively and systematically expounds the main reasons, significance, and main connotations of socialism with Chinese characteristics entering the new era from four aspects: historical development foundation, actual social contradictions, future strategic goals, and changes in international and domestic status. The elucidation of the coordinates of this era is an extremely important theoretical innovation of the party.

It has deepened and improved understanding of the historical process, realistic conditions and development laws of upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in an all-round way. Making development strategy adjustments at the starting point and formulating scientific and pragmatic strategic plans provide a basis for decision-making, which has extremely important theoretical and practical guiding value to fulfill the Party's original mission. It clarifies the historical position, realistic starting point and development direction for China.

The problem of direction and road has always been the most fundamental problem. The direction determines the road. If you go in the wrong direction, you will deviate from the right path or even go the wrong way. The road determines fate. Which path a country insists on determines the future of a country and the destiny of its people. Those who are aware change with time, and those who know are governed by things. The "Outline" combines the 500-year historical development process of world socialism, the reality of China's development since modern times, the practical exploration of our party leading the Chinese people, and the theory and practice of governance in the new era to systematically discuss the source of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

The Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) issued on 24 August 2021 a guiding document to incorporate Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era into the curriculum. Incorporating Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era into the curriculum is significant in helping teenagers establish Marxist beliefs and strengthen confidence in the path, theory, system and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics, according to the guiding document.

The guiding document requires that Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era be integrated into the curriculum covering basic, vocational and higher education, and be integrated with various subjects, said Han Zhen, a member of the National Textbook Committee, media reported. Primary schools will focus on cultivating love for the country, the Communist Party of China, and socialism. In middle schools, the focus will be on a combination of perceptual experience and knowledge study, to help students form basic political judgments and opinions. In college, there will be more emphasis on the establishment of theoretical thinking.

Studying Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is the primary political task of the Communist Party of China and of the country, read a statement published on the MOE website on Tuesday. To cultivate the builders and successors of socialism with an all-round moral, intellectual, physical and aesthetic grounding and a hard-working spirit, we must arm students' minds with Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, said the statement.

The teaching materials must grasp the essence of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, systematically summarize its content, and clarify the scope of learning, read the statement. Also formulated are guidelines on labor education for students to cultivate their hard-working spirit, and on education of national security.

Tian Huisheng, a ministry official, said that the guidelines require continuous education of these major thematic contents among all students. The ministry is working on the inclusion of other major thematic contents, such as Party leadership, national defense education, education on life safety and health, among others, Tian added.

After years of rapid economic growth that spawned billionaires in Communist China, Xi Jinping began emphasizing the need for “common prosperity.” The push has led to a range of regulatory moves to control companies seen to be profiting excessively from their workers and the broader public. The Party is abandoning Deng Xiaoping's policies on domestic and foreign affairs alike and forging a path for China according to Xi.

A political essay by a little-known commentator has been given pride of place by China's state-run media in recent days, suggesting a profound shift in political direction under ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping away from the pro-market policies of the past four decades. The essay, titled "Everyone can tell that profound social change is under way" and printed in CCP mouthpiece the People's Daily, uses the recent crackdown on China's scandal-hit entertainment industry to argue that profound political change is afoot that will focus on easing inequality.

The essay argues that the CCP has launched a "profound revolution" with its crackdown on celebrity culture, billionaires, and the private sector generally, citing Beijing's blocking of Ant Financial's initial public offering (IPO) in New York in late 2020, as well as an ongoing probe into the business operations of ride-sharing app Didi Chuxing. "China is undergoing a profound revolution ... turning away from a capital-centered approach to a people-centered one," the essay said. "It represents a return to the original aims of the CCP ... and to the essence of socialism."

"This revolution will wash all of the dirt away," said the essay, signed by Li Guangman, columnist and former editor of the trade publication Central China Electric Power. "Our capital markets will no longer be a paradise for capitalists to get rich overnight; our cultural sphere no longer a paradise for sex-crazed celebrities, and the worship of Western culture will no longer be a feature of our news coverage or public opinion," Li wrote.

The article was also reprinted on Aug. 29 by state news agency Xinhua, CCTV, China News Service, the Global Times website and Guangming.com. "While we are not trying to kill the rich to help the poor, we need to solve the problem of the growing income gap between the richest and poorest, and seek common prosperity, allowing ordinary workers a greater share in the wealth our society creates," the essay said. "Literary and artistic workers, film and television workers must get down to the grassroots of society, making ordinary workers and ordinary people the masters and protagonists of art and literature," it said, adding that the ongoing political shift in China is in response to "barbaric and ferocious attacks" from the United States.

Feng Chongyi, a political scholar at the University of Technology in Sydney, said Xi has been rolling out an ideological purge across every area of people's lives since taking power in 2012. "First they rectified the Big Vs [social media stars] of Weibo and WeChat, and now it's the turn of the film and TV industries," Feng said. "Everyone can tell that the party is moving ahead with a monumental campaign for dominance, which is explicit about including the elements of fascist aesthetics: no feminine-looking sissy boys, a strong party spirit, a return to the red."

On the first anniversary of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the People's Daily client compiled a mind map based on authoritative data-Xi Jinping's Guide to Learning the Thought of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the New Era, and study together!

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