China’s President Xi Jinping recently introduced his vision for the country’s cultural future, emphasizing the importance of cultural confidence and the role it plays in the rejuvenation and modernization of the nation. This new perspective, termed the Xi Jinping Thought on Culture, serves as a reflection of China’s continued commitment to preserving and promoting its vast cultural heritage while embracing modern influences and ideologies.
During the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Xi Jinping made a significant statement. He emphasized the necessity of adapting Marxism’s foundational principles to the unique realities and rich traditions of China. This assertion has garnered attention across fields of ideology, theory, and culture, marking a significant evolution in China’s cultural construction.
Many experts recognize that a nation’s culture is its lifeblood. A strong cultural identity and prosperity are essential ingredients for any meaningful national rejuvenation. They see the introduction of the Xi Jinping Thought on Culture at this juncture as particularly pertinent. As China continues to strengthen its “hard power” on the global stage, this cultural vision provides an opportunity for the nation to consolidate its historical riches and boost its confidence, enhancing its “soft power.”
Wang Xuebin, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Central Committee, articulates that the Xi Jinping Thought on Culture is more than just theory; it’s a distillation of the CPC’s practical experiences leading cultural development in this new age. It not only augments and evolves Marxist cultural theory but also integrates seamlessly with Xi Jinping’s broader vision for Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in the modern era.
This emphasis on culture is not just about theory. Xi Jinping has shown a genuine commitment to preserving China’s cultural landmarks and artifacts, evident in his visits to over 100 historical sites and directives focused on safeguarding cultural relics and traditions. For instance, initiatives promoting the return of lost cultural artifacts from abroad reflect the nation’s renewed spirit and cultural confidence.
Furthermore, the nation’s stance on cultural inheritance and innovation is evident in various sectors. From the preservation and promotion of intangible cultural heritage, like the yunjin brocade being incorporated into modern fashion trends, to efforts in reviving traditional arts like the Beijing dough figures, China’s youth is at the forefront, carrying forward the country’s cultural legacy.
China’s historical narrative has been one of openness and inclusivity, continually rejuvenating itself through cross-cultural exchanges. This characteristic has been emphasized in initiatives aiming to promote intercultural understanding and cooperation, both regionally and globally.
For many, President Xi’s cultural vision isn’t just about China. It is a broader roadmap, aiming for global peace, security, development, and prosperity. While China’s prowess in industry, technology, finance, and defense is evident, its cultural and social heritage is now taking the spotlight on the global stage. It’s clear that China’s modernization, informed by its unique journey and traditions, presents a novel paradigm of human civilization.
With global leaders such as Ronnie Lins emphasizing the value of Xi’s cultural perspectives, China’s efforts underscore the universal significance of cultural understanding, diversity, and mutual respect. In these volatile times, these principles offer a blueprint for the peaceful progression and unity of human civilization.