Xi vows socialism with Chinese characteristics
CHINA: Xi Jinping, the new leader of China's ruling Communist Party
of China (CPC), on Saturday urged efforts to uphold and develop
socialism with Chinese characteristics while alerting Party members of
potential dangers and risks.
Xi, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, made the comments
at the opening ceremony of a high-profile workshop attended by new CPC
Central Committee members and alternate members elected at the 18th CPC
National Congress in November last year.
Xi called for efforts to unswervingly uphold and develop socialism
with Chinese characteristics, saying "which path to take decides the
life of the Party" and it is the most important question that is related
to the success or failure of the Party.
CPC members should always harbor the spirit of "cutting a road when
(they) come to the hill, and building a bridge when (they) come across a
river," Xi said, urging them to "forge ahead and explore boldly" along
CPC members should deepen reform and opening up, make discoveries,
innovations and progresses, he said.
He urged Party members to be brave in analyzing and responding to
pressing problems that the public want solving and to promote innovation
in practice, theory and institutional building.
Late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping put forward the concept of building
socialism with Chinese characteristics 31 years ago.
Xi said China's cause to develop socialism can be divided into two
stages by the watershed decision of starting the reform and opening-up
in the late 1970s. Although principles and policies as well as practice
in the two stages were very different, they were not irrelevant nor
contradicted with each other, he said.
Socialism with Chinese characteristics took shape after the country
adopted reform and opening-up. However, it was also based on the
socialist system established since 1949 and the following 20-plus years
of socialist construction, he said. People can not deny what was done
before the reform and opening-up based on what happened after it and
vice versa, he said. "We should seek the truth from the facts and tell
apart what is important and what is not," he said.