Guideline for cultural development in 2021-25 period unveiled

Residents read books at a library in Handan, Hebei province, April 23, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

According to the country’s cultural development plan for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), China’s culture and art sectors should focus on the people and maintain high standards in their activities.

The general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, China’s Cabinet, jointly issued the national guideline for cultural development on Tuesday. The plan aims to promote socialist culture and make China a country steeped in culture and art.

Calling culture the soul of a country, as well as the soul of its national governance, the plan said that without prosperity and the development of a socialist culture, there would be no socialist modernization.

China aims to see enhanced social etiquette and civility, a more prosperous cultural industry, a further increase in the appeal of Chinese culture and an improvement in its cultural system, in line with the goals and tasks set out in the plan.

The 15-chapter document focuses on a wide range of issues, including the development of social science with Chinese characteristics, the promotion of morality, a more civilized and healthy cyberspace, the creation of literary and artistic works, as well as in-depth studies and protection of cultural relics.

The integrated development of culture and tourism, the strengthening of the protection of intangible cultural heritage and the improvement of public cultural services are also among the main objectives of the document.

In a written statement provided by the CPC Central Committee’s working group for the reform and development of the cultural system, the document will provide ideological guarantees and psychological impetus for the overall goal of building a modern socialist country.

“All development will eventually satisfy people’s growing need for cultural life,” the statement said. “People’s strength can thus be strengthened.”

For example, the guideline points out that a comprehensive network of cultural facilities involving museums, libraries and art galleries will be formed in the coming years to further support grassroots communities. Cultural resources will also play a key role in revitalizing rural areas, and local farmers are encouraged to organize their own art troupes, poetry festivals and exhibitions.

In the digital realm, cultural enterprises are encouraged to adopt approaches that include big data analytics, blockchain and cloud computing in their cultural services, stage performances, films and publications.

These measures will boost the vitality of the cultural industry and bring social and economic benefits, according to the statement.

In recent years, cultural heritage and archeology have been given prominence in several important central conferences. The new guideline highlights the importance of completing related systems and strengthening work for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, restoring artifacts and establishing a system for recording “national cultural landmarks” based on priceless cultural relics.

“Work related to cultural relics has been given critical importance, and it has also been mixed in various chapters of the guideline,” said Deng Chao, an official with the National Cultural Heritage Administration. “It is also the first time that cultural relics have received such attention in the general plan of the country’s five-year plans.

“A mission for the new era is entrusted to us,” he said. “It’s a valuable opportunity and experience for the whole industry.”

The new guideline shows that China will continue to spare no effort for cross-border cultural communication in a community with a shared future for mankind.

Global tourism branding, international trade in digitized works of art and cultural products, and international investment cooperation in culture, among others, will be promoted, the directive said.

Xinhua contributed to this story.

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