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President Xi urges respect, deliberation of history

Updated: Oct 13,2014 7:37 PM     Xinhua

President Xi Jinping on Oct 13 called for both respect and deliberation of the Chinese civilization at the 18th collective study of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

President Xi Jinping urged the Communist Party of China (CPC) to both respect the country’s culture and reflect on it in improving state governance.

During the latest in a series of collective studies among the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Xi said the CPC should follow successful examples in Chinese history to learn from their merits and avoid shortcomings.

History is the best source of knowledge, and many situations from the past can shed light on what is happening currently, he said.

“Today’s China is a development of yesterday’s and the day before yesterday’s China,” according to Xi. “In order to run today’s China, we should not only grasp history and traditional culture, but also actively collect the discoveries and wisdom of state governance in ancient times.”

The president said research of traditional Chinese culture should be valued and its best parts should be passed along and promoted.

Xi argued that ancient ideologies still have deep influence on people nowadays, and they should be scientifically analyzed so as to inherit and promote the good parts and discard the negative elements.

“The absolutistic attitude of accepting or dismissing them completely is out of the question,” he told his audience.

According to Xi, Chinese traditional cultures represent the country’s most profound soft power, and Chinese people should never forget their pasts or belittle themselves.

“A country’s governing system and capacity are closely related to its heritage and traditional cultures, and the answers to China’s issues must be found in our own land,” Xi said, adding that the socialist path with Chinese characteristics is determined by cultural and historical factors.

Xi urged Party members to study all human civilizations to help inform the modernization of China’s government, but noted that such studies should be based on the country’s realities.

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