Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Is China headed for another cultural reform?
TNN | Oct 19, 2011, 05.21AM IST
BEIJING: In a country where culture always has political connotations, the ruling Communist Party of China on Tuesday decided to undertake "cultural reform" as a means to enhancing the capabilities of state-run publishers , broadcasters and art performers.

Wrapping up a five-day conclave, the central committee took the long expected decision of holding the next Communist Party congress in the second half of 2012. The party congress is expected to formally decide on successors to president Hu Jintao , premier Wen Jiabao and other top party officials.

In a move to that shows that little has been learnt from history by the Communist Party in prescribing the boundaries for culture to tune it to the political agenda , the official media said the meeting adopted a set of "cultural guidelines."

No details were specified but the official media said the country needed to address issues of "cultural security ." China witnessed havoc during the cultural revolution of the Mao era. "China's cultural industry will play a more critical part in the country's economic and social development ," an official statement said. "Culture is emerging as an important part of the country's comprehensive competitiveness in today's world," it said.

The official media did not discuss if crucial issues concerning media censorship and the increasingly political role played by a section of Internet users and micro bloggers was discussed at the meeting.

It was not clear if vice president Xi Jinping, the person likely to replace Hu, played an important role during the proceedings. The next party congress is may choose vice premier Li Kiqiang as the successor to premier Wen Jiabao.

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