So much talk has been devoted to China’s cultural development that it became one of the major topics at this year’s NPC and CPPCC sessions, which concluded on Friday.
Quite a few delegates demonstrated a sense of urgency in their discussion about China’s “cultural rise,” as well as protecting and reviving China’s traditional culture, and seemed to agree that it is time to strengthen China’s soft power.
“Today China’s peaceful rise is not only the rise of economy and politics, but also should be the rise of Chinese culture,” Pan Guiyu, a CPPCC member and vice director of National Population and Family Planning Commission, said in a speech to a CPPCC plenary this week.
“For China to achieve national revitalization, it is necessary to strengthen cultural soft power,” said CPPCC member Gui Xiaofeng, who is also former vice director of China’s press and publication administration. [Full Text]