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Senior Chinese official highlights role of culture in China's development

Chinese offical earlier pleded for reform

Published on 10 May 2011

Author(s): Xinhuan (English)

Type:  News

Senior Chinese official Li Changchun highlighted the role of culture in the country's development and called for more pragmatic measures to boost cultural development during a visit to north China's Shanxi Province.

"We should improve our understanding of the role and impact of culture," said Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

Li said culture is a vital source of national cohesion and creativity, a key factor in evaluating national strength and an important supporting condition of economic and social development.

He called for an intensified sense of responsibility, stronger leadership, more pragmatic measures and deepened cultural restructuring.

The official went to the cities of Yuncheng, Linfen, Jinzhong and Taiyuan during his Shanxi trip, which lasted from May 6 to 10.

Earlier on 2 May Li pleaded for reforms accroding to the Xinhuan agency: Chinese official stresses reform of system affecting cultural sector development

Senior Chinese official Li Changchun has called for greater efforts to be made to reform the system that hinders the development of the country's cultural sector and boost the transformation of cultural development system. Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks in a written piece of instruction for a national meeting on reforming China's cultural system held in Hefei, capital city of eastern Anhui Province from April 30 to May 1.As the inaugural year of the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), this year is crucial for accelerating the reform of the cultural system and the development of the cultural sector, Li said.

Li urged local authorities to accelerate the reform and innovation of the cultural system and further emancipate and foster the productive forces of the cultural sector, calling for more guidance in the creation of cultural products.

He stressed efforts to form a system that ensures the public's universal and equal access to cultural services and to improve the overall strength and competitiveness of Chinese culture.

Addressing the meeting, Liu Yunshan, head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, said China aims to complete the transformation of China's state-run commercial cultural businesses into market-based enterprises by the end of next year.

Cai Wu, China's minister of culture, said at the meeting that favorable policy initiatives should be put in place to support those cultural institutions to transform themselves from government-funded organizations to independent enterprises responsible for their own profits or losses.

Cai Fuchao, minister of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, said greater efforts will be made to cultivate market-oriented film and TV producing firms and push forward the reform of separating program producing and broadcasting.

Also at the meeting, Liu Binjie, director of the General Administration of Press and Publication, said this year the administration will spare no effort to reform the country's non-political newspapers and magazines, aiming to create more modern publishing firms.

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