China’s Xi calls for Marxism and intellectual loyalty

China’s Communist Party must ensure that philosophy and social science “unequivocally uphold” Marxist principles, President Xi Jinping told a high-level academic seminar, according to state media reports.

Xi’s address to around 150 specialists was his latest move to exert greater authority over China’s cultural sphere, following two similar gatherings earlier this year on his vision for the news media and the Internet, and came as the ruling party also seeks more control over universities.

The event on Tuesday was held a day after the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the Cultural Revolution, which saw China plunged into a decade of mayhem under Mao Zedong.

“Marxism is never the end of truth. It opens a path toward truth,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as saying in a speech that ran for over an hour and a half.

According to the People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, Xi called for socialist theories with “Chinese characteristics”.

The 19th-century German thinker’s philosophy has evolved over time, Xinhua cited him as saying, adding that the ruling party must lead and manage the development of philosophy and social sciences.

The Communist party regularly espouses nationalism as part of its claim to a right to rule, and has acted more assertively under Xi both domestically and internationally.

Full article: China’s Xi calls for Marxism and intellectual loyalty (Sino Daily)

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